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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Cars+Trucks

Lanza Motors: 1920

Lanza Motors: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Lanza Motors Co., exterior, 14th Street." Lanza Motors sold a car called the Metz; neither would be long for this world -- a world whose sidewalks were trod by ectoplasmic pedestrians. View full size.

 

Government Truck: 1925

Government Truck: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "Graham Bros. General Accounting Office truck at Capitol." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Stoneleigh Garage: 1921

Stoneleigh Garage: 1921

Washington, D.C. The Stoneleigh Garage at 1707 L Street in 1921, shortly before construction of the gas station next door. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

CarMax: 1921

CarMax: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Geo. C. Rice Auto Co., front." These deals won't last long, folks. Come in TO-DAY! National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

And a Dog Named Gyp: 1922

And a Dog Named Gyp: 1922

May 2, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Something new in auto tops. George R. Wharff of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and Joseph Fossard returning from Florida. When they lost their top, they thatched it with palm leaves, which seem to answer every purpose. Gyp, their companion on the trip, has traveled 10,000 miles on the front fender as shown in the picture." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

City Sidewalks: 1938

City Sidewalks: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Street scene, U.S. Treasury, Fifteenth Street." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Crusty Schmidt: 1917

Crusty Schmidt: 1917

"Camp Meade, Maryland, 1917." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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