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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BACK UP THE FIGHTING FORCES, WWII

Cars+Trucks

Baywatch: 1908

Baywatch: 1908

Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1908. "Hotel Westminster." Equipped with a bevy of bay windows as well as the de rigueur roof garden restaurant. View full size.

 

The Greats: 1955

The Greats: 1955

Great Aunt Clara Johnson and her brother Great Uncle Sam Sturlaugson who was born in Iceland. I am driving and although the plate says 1952 the year is 1955 as I am 4 years old here. Sam was a police officer before going into real estate with his sister Clara. She was widowed at age 23 and he never married, they lived together with their Mother Gudrun Helgidotter in a large house they built in Selkirk Manitoba all their lives, my Grandmother joining them in her later years. Gudrun had inherited a good sum of money from her Father Helgi Helgesson in Iceland and they used that to buy a fleet of houses, they became very wealthy. When Great Aunt Clara passed away in 1983 this car was still in the garage in mint condition. Clara had a sterling silver plate with her name engraved on it attached to the car, also a led box of sorts with her deceased dog , a poodle Francois who rode in the trunk....did I mention she was eccentric? Clara's son in law Axel Axelsson who was widowed from Clara's only child drove the car to Pasadena California where he lived, most likely sold it. View full size.

California Vacation: 1956

California Vacation: 1956

Marineland of the Pacific on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1956. Left to right are my two cousins visiting from Texas, myself, and my brother. Inside the 1955 DeSoto are my Granny and my Aunt. We are all enjoying our ice cream at the end of a day of watching the fishes. All but my little brother, that is. His ice cream has rolled out of the cone and can just barely be seen on the ground at his feet on the right. It wasn't the first or the last time that would happen to him. View full size.

German American Bank: 1911

German American Bank: 1911

Circa 1911. "Postal Telegraph Cable office below German American Bank. Possibly Detroit, Michigan." Downstairs: Lafayette Barber, offering Shower and Needle Baths, and something to do with electric vibra[...]. View full size. For a closeup of the Model T, click here. For the rest of the building, see this post.

 

Dad's 1946 Dodge

Dad's 1946 Dodge

My dad's 1946 Dodge Custom Town Sedan. Notice that the rear doors are hinged on the center post and not "suicide" doors. The Town sedan was the only Dodge with this feature. We thought this was the fanciest car we ever had. Two-tone maroon and gray velour upholstery and a speedometer that changed colors according to your speed. 50 mph and above was red. Taken in Melvindale, Michigan, in 1948. View full size.

Indy Imperial: 1904

Indy Imperial: 1904

Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1904. "Imperial Hotel." Whose architectural style might be described as Romanesque Rococo Curlicue Baroque, and whose slogan could be "every exterior surface embellished." Note the early automobile. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hotel Cadillac: 1914

Hotel Cadillac: 1914

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1914. "Hotel Cadillac." Plus a variation on the 8:17 jeweler's clock sign. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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