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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Cars+Trucks

Guaranty Loan: 1905

Guaranty Loan: 1905

Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1905. "Northwestern Guaranty Loan Building." Note the newfangled "horseless carriage" parked at the curb. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

1957 Chevrolet in 1958

1957 Chevrolet in 1958

Almost new 1957 Chevrolet taken in front of family store in Fitzgerald, Ga. in 1958. View full size.

Heel, Boy: 1920

Heel, Boy: 1920

Fall 1920. Washington, D.C. "Queen Quality Boot Shop, F Street N.W." Flanked by Victrola stores and a multiplicity of Nippers. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Street Life: 1938

Street Life: 1938

August 1938. Urbana, Ohio. "Street scene." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Grandma and Durant: 1927

Grandma and Durant: 1927

My grandmother, Margaret Sendelbeck, behind the wheel of the family 1924 Durant (note the 1927 license plate). Her two daughters, Elise and Gretel, decorate the running board.

This was a posed photo, because Grandma never drove ... but she does look like she knows what she's doing. Detroit, Michigan, 1927. View full size.

Joined by Fiat: 1974

Joined by Fiat: 1974

Another mirth-provoking look at the clothing, footwear and vehicle choices of the 70s, just a bit down the street from a similar scene three years earlier. This time, in January 1974, I join my brother and sister-in-law in a pose by their now different green foreign car, a Fiat station wagon. I'll leave it up to the chorus of commenters as to whether the various changes overall represent progress or regression. I'll only say that once again, my sister-in-law is the most stylish. Kodachrome 64 slide from my brother's camera. View full size.

Lush Life: 1937

Lush Life: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Jane Grier." Pictured with a Packard near the old State, War and Navy building. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 
 
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