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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

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Easter Sunday, 1936

Easter Sunday, 1936

April 12, 1936. Newsboys in Jackson, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Taylor Motor Co.: 1923

Taylor Motor Co.: 1923

1923. "Taylor Motor Co. exterior," a Ford dealership in Washington, D.C. 5x4 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

The Peony Express: 1922

The Peony Express: 1922

"Louise and flower shop auto." February 5, 1922. (Yes, it really does say Louise on the hat. We have a different photo we'll post tomorrow.) "Louise" is tootling along the sidewalks of Washington in a battery-powered Custer Car very similar to the one being driven by Miss Bay. National Photo Co. Collection. View full size.

 

Laura Bryn: 1922

Laura Bryn: 1922

Miss Laura Bryn, daughter of the Norway's ambassador to Washington, gets into her car on November 2, 1922. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

These Boots Were Made for Driving

These Boots Were Made for Driving

Miss Hazel Jones and Miss Marion Cameron in 1922. View full size | Zoom in on their driving ensemble. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Traffic-Stopper: 1924

Traffic-Stopper: 1924

"The license plate is almost as large as her automobile, but Miss Mary Bay likes her car because it is easy to park. Miss Bay is shown braving the traffic of Washington." January 29, 1924. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Where's the Fire?

Where's the Fire?

April 10, 1922. Wreck of truck and fire engine, location not specified. Are there any clues here? View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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