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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE PORT OF NEW YORK, c 1878

Cars+Trucks

Guaranty Storage: 1928

Guaranty Storage: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Guaranty Storage Co. truck." Guaranty guarantees to lay not a scratch on your furniture, but the van is another matter. Added attraction here: turnbuckle stars! National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Deep Freeze: 1918

Deep Freeze: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Street scene with snow." More specifically the scene on F Street NW just outside the Harris & Ewing studio, which was over the Victrola store. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Whitened Washington: 1918

Whitened Washington: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Pennsylvania Avenue with snow." Everyone grab a shovel and start digging! Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Rose Colored Caddy: 1960

Rose Colored Caddy: 1960

January 1, 1960 Rose Parade, Pasadena, CA. View full size.

Minker Motor Co.: 1922

Minker Motor Co.: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Minker Motor Co., 14th Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Truck Parade: 1919

Truck Parade: 1919

June 28, 1919. "Motor Truck Parade, Pennsylvania Avenue." Held on Motor Transportation Day under the auspices of the Washington Automotive Trade Association. At left we have another appearance on these pages by a Witt-Will conveyance. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Electric Sight-Seeing in N.Y.

 Electric Sight-Seeing in N.Y.

I bought this framed photograph at a garage sale. The vehicle appears to be a Lansden Electric. Apparently the photo was taken on a cold day in New York because the passengers are wearing heavy coats and all have rugs over their knees. The Hotel Bartholdi, it seems, was well known in the period, and a search reveals that the Green Car Sight-Seeing Service made photographs available to patrons. This one is 27 inches by 16 inches. I would like to know more about Green Car, the Hotel, and Lansden. View full size.

- Roverdriver in Australia

 
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