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

Cars+Trucks

Studebaker Cathedral: 1908

Studebaker Cathedral: 1908

New York, 1908. "Old church on 48th Street." Studebaker Garage, a former Christian Science house of worship, at 143 West 48th Street. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Family Outing: 1918

Family Outing: 1918

New York, July 22, 1918. "B.V.D. Valentine." The family at an American Red Cross event. George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.

Our New Car: 1956

Our New Car: 1956

One early September morning in 1956, my father pilots our brand new Hudson Rambler from its docking bay preparatory to its maiden voyage. Yes, I said Hudson Rambler. The distinctive front end was patterned after that of the Pinin Farina-designed Nash-Healey sports car. View full size.

Caution: Sharp Car

Caution: Sharp Car

1962. It seems that parking places in Carmel, California were not designed with 1960 Cadillacs in mind. Lethal-looking enough to be giving my brother, mother and father second thoughts about jaywalking. 35mm Perutz slide. View full size.

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.

 
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