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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE PORT OF NEW YORK, c 1878

Cars+Trucks

Visible Writer (Colorized): 1918

Visible Writer (Colorized): 1918

Visible Writer, circa 1918. Washington, D.C. View full size.

The Car Bar: 1925

The Car Bar: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Northeast Auto Exchange, H Street." My favorite kind of National Photo photo, something that might be called unintentional-slice-of-life. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Harley-Davidson: 1925

Harley-Davidson: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "H. Addison Bowie." A motorcycle dealer on H Street. With "Harley-Davidson" in the big window under "Distributors," and a smaller sign upstairs. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Capitol Paige: 1923

Capitol Paige: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Paige Motor Co." The Paige was advertised as "the most beautiful car in America." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Nothing Special: 1925

Nothing Special: 1925

Circa 1925. "Dr. S.M. Johnson, Lee Highway Association." Seen here at the Zero Milestone in front of the White house. Samuel Johnson, "Apostle of Good Roads," was the tireless promoter of a southern-route transcontinental highway named after Gen. Robert E. Lee as a counterpart to the Lincoln Highway up north. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hello In There: 1920

Hello In There: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Merchants Bank, G Street N.W." What looks at first like a fairly desolate street scene turns out to have a number of players. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Peerless: 1924

Peerless: 1924

1924. "Peerless car." Laundry day somewhere in Northwest Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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