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

Cars+Trucks

Roy F. Carty: 1919

Roy F. Carty: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Roy F. Carty." Chief draftsman for the Shipping Board during the war, Roy went into business for himself in 1919 at 1407 14th Street N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

8th and K: 1923

8th and K: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Hopwood furniture, 8th and K." A slice of life from the intersection of Then and Now. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Lawn Edger man

Lawn Edger man

This is probably 1972 in Los Angeles. I wonder where he's going with that lawn edger. Scanned from a Kodak safety film negative. View full size.

Scouting Outing: 1937

Scouting Outing: 1937

May 1937. "Boy Scout Jamboree. Boy Scouts sightseeing on Capitol Transit buses." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bound Brook: 1936

Bound Brook: 1936

February 1936. "Street in Bound Brook, New Jersey, showing crowded conditions." Medium-format nitrate negative by Carl Mydans. View full size

 

Nelmobile: 1937

Nelmobile: 1937

March 30, 1937. "Transportation and no parking worries. Nelm Clark, 16-year old Washington, D.C., youngster, solved this problem by combining a lawn mower motor with a set of motorcycle gears to make this unusual midget auto. Costing $60 to build, the contraption weighs only 150 pounds -- the weight is its main feature -- and if you run out of gas you easily push it or tuck it under your arm and walk home." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Streets of Baltimore: 1940

Streets of Baltimore: 1940

"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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