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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Cars+Trucks

Queen of the Mustangs: 1966

Queen of the Mustangs: 1966

July 4, 1966. Twin Cities Fourth of July Parade on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, California. And if two brand-new, dealer stock Mustangs weren't enough, an early Studebaker Lark in the used car lot. The other Twin City was neighboring Corte Madera. My Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Red Light and Siren: 1963

Red Light and Siren: 1963

Firemen and volunteers cling to the back of the Larkspur Fire Department's 1946 American-LaFrance engine as it roars down Magnolia Ave. on the way to a call one late afternoon in 1963. These days we're used to seeing firemen suited up like they were about to take a moon walk; check out the casual attire here. Only one guy even has his fireman's hat on; two of the volunteers are sporting baseball caps. Everybody else is in shirtsleeves, even the full-time guy at the wheel (although it's his official blue uniform shirt). That's our house at the very top of the frame.

The fire department had been a governmental entity only 6 years. Up until 1957, it was privately operated by the volunteers, completely funded by dances held at The Rose Bowl, an outdoor dance floor under the redwoods that featured name bands and drew crowds from all over the Bay Area each Saturday during the summer months. My Kodachrome slide.

Liberty National: 1920

Liberty National: 1920

March 1920. Liberty National Bank at the intersection of I and 15th N.W. in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

3,000 Miles: 1919

3,000 Miles: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Firestone 3,000-mile tires." Presumably after those grueling 3K miles. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. I like the shadows and detail here. Old-school photography combined with digital processing can produce some striking results.

 

College Car Close-up

College Car Close-up

More classic cars in their natural habitat. The AC building at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus, June 1957. Highlights: choice 1956 Mercury convertible; nice shine on the 1955 Ford Customline V8 two-tone. Somebody please identify the nicely-preserved black sedan in front of the Merc. Bonus: 1950s college professor in characteristic native garb. Ektachrome slide shot by my brother. View full size.

College of Cars II

College of Cars II

Not as many this time, but a couple of obsolete models, such as the first design of a Kaiser or Frazer, and an early Nash Rambler. Also a good representation of vintage Cal Poly color scheme. Same period, around 1956, this time on Anscochrome. View full size.

Slippery When Wet: 1921

Slippery When Wet: 1921

Another view of that 1921 car wreck at the intersection of 10th and R streets N.W. in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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