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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Cars+Trucks

Executone System

Executone System

When my Aunt Rose passed away I came into possession of her photos and negatives. There were very few photos but a pile of big negatives, many of which I half suspect were never printed, or perhaps were printed once and the photos lost a long time ago. She wasn't in the habit of documenting her snapshots, so each one is to me a mystery.

None is more mysterious than this. I don't know who the speaker is, or the occasion, but the location could be either northern Philadelphia or the Quakertown Pa. vicinity. One small hint might be the "Pa SRG" shoulder emblems. the time period is probably the late 1930s or early War years. View full size.

Packard Fire Squad: 1911

Packard Fire Squad: 1911

May 3, 1911. Detroit, Michigan. "Packard fire squad." Ask the fireman who owns one. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Genuine Gas Coke: 1912

Genuine Gas Coke: 1912

Circa 1912. "Coke delivery wagon and workers, Detroit City Gas Co." Our second look at these grimy gents and their battered Packard truck. View full size.

 

Junior Truckers: 1925

Junior Truckers: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Caption torn off [truck with cabinet compartments]." The creeping crud that has obliterated the label on this glass negative is about to gobble up those youngsters on the sidewalk. View full size.

 

Paige-Jewett: 1925

Paige-Jewett: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Washington Virginia Motors Co." Dealer of Paige and Jewett automobiles. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Coal Weather: 1912

Coal Weather: 1912

Circa 1912. "Coke delivery wagon and workers, Detroit City Gas Company." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Arcade Garage: 1920

Arcade Garage: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Arcade Garage, Irving Street." Under the mold and fingerprints, some interesting details. National Photo Company. View full size.

 
 
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