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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Cars+Trucks

Garage X: 1946

Garage X: 1946

"Experimental housing. Storage shed & garage." Remember that this garage is experimental, and that the slightest little bump could could send the whole business -- prototype potting bench, bleeding-edge tool storage -- pinwheeling off into the next dimension. Eric Schaal, Life photo archive. View full size.

S&M Tires: 1920

S&M Tires: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "S&M Tire Co." I can think of a number of possible slogans for this business. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Palace Laundry: 1925

Palace Laundry: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Palace Laundry." 1811 Adams Mill Road N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Streetscape: 1924

Streetscape: 1924

Washington circa 1924. "Wilkins Building, 1514 H Street." With a ghost strolling past the hydrant. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Big 4 Candy: 1926

Big 4 Candy: 1926

1926. "Semmes Motor Co., Schrafft's truck." A Dodge truck in Big 4 Candy livery at 608 E Street N.W., Washington. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Pardon My Buick: 1922

Pardon My Buick: 1922

October 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Auto accident, 13th and S." If you don't like my driving, get off the sidewalk! National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Dinosaurs: 1926

Dinosaurs: 1926

Circa 1926. "Ford car at National Museum." A Model T outside the Smithsonian Institution's main exhibit hall, completed in 1910. Today the building serves as the National Museum of Natural History. National Photo Co. View full size.

 
 
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