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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cars+Trucks

End of the Rainbow: Cars!

End of the Rainbow: Cars!

1955. A rainbow over the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, seems to end on a row of classic 50s cars. The two-tone '53 Olds is nice, but I wish it wasn't obscuring the red-roofed Merc behind it. Shot by my brother, then a freshman there, on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Governor Pat Brown

Governor Pat Brown

San Francisco, March 17, 1965. California Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr., father of Jerry, in the St. Patrick's Day parade at Jones & McAllister, off Market St. Those are probably his grandkids. I shot this on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Hollywood & Vine: 1963

Hollywood & Vine: 1963

August 1963. Here I am at world famous Hollywood & Vine, or in this case, Don't Walk & Vine. Hint: I'm not the one in the green skirt and heels. View full size.

Pit Rental: 1939

Pit Rental: 1939

May 1939. Garage on Route 99 in Fresno County, California. View full size. Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange, Farm Security Administration.

 

Family Car: 1954

Family Car: 1954

Here in 1954, this 1949 1948 Hudson was to remain our family car for two more years. (Since posting this, I've remembered the true model year.) Inside on the front seat you can barely make out my mother on the left, then me in the middle and Father behind the wheel. We're parked just down from the corner of 5th and B in San Rafael, California, probably about to head up Highway 101 to our summer place at the Russian River. In the background, the service bay of a Union 76 station shows this to be the days when gas stations were called service stations for a reason. My brother shot this on 2-1/4 square Ektachrome. Here I am "driving" it. And here's another shot of it. View full size.

Ex-Tourist Attraction

Ex-Tourist Attraction

Yosemite National Park, July 1962. My shot of my father maneuvering our 1956 Rambler station wagon through the Wawona Tunnel Tree was one of thousands of similar photos taken until it toppled over seven years later under the weight of a tremendous snowfall. 127 Ektachrome slide. View full size.

On the Road: 1936

On the Road: 1936

July 1936. "Drought refugees from Glendive, Montana, leaving for Washington state." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 
 
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