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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • MONTSERRAT FUNICULAR RAILWAY, c. 1920

Cars+Trucks

Sunshine Laundry: 1920

Sunshine Laundry: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Sunshine Laundry." The new plant of the Arcade Laundry and Sunshine Dry Cleaning and Dyeing Co. on Lamont Street N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Candy Kid: 1926

The Candy Kid: 1926

Washington, Sixth and L streets S.W., circa 1926. "Semmes Motor Co. J.W. Hurley truck." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fast Woman: 1915

Fast Woman: 1915

Washington circa 1915. "Women auto racers. Miss Elinor Blevins." Our second visit with the racy actress. For details on the car see the comments under the earlier post. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Monty and Morty Roberts

Monty and Morty Roberts

Famous NY-Paris 1908 race driver Montague Roberts (left) with brother Mortimer Roberts, who was a race car driver as well. Here they are in their racecar known as "The Donkey." View full size.

Elinor Blevins, Auto Fiend: 1915

Elinor  Blevins, Auto Fiend: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Miss Elinor Blevins. Movie star, aviatrix, auto fiend." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ambulance Depot: 1917

Ambulance Depot: 1917

1917. Washington, D.C. "Red Cross emergency ambulance station garage, 16th Street," conveniently next door to F.P. Jacobs, "electric horse-dog clipper." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Stand Back, Folks: 1917

Stand Back, Folks: 1917

Our third look at that circa 1917 car wreck at Massachusetts Avenue and 21st Street N.W. in Washington. As with so many of these old glass negatives, mold is colonizing the thicker parts of the emulsion. The result is an accident scene that looks like it's been dusted with flour. National Photo Company. View full size.

 
 
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