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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Cars+Trucks

Car Search: 1923

Car Search: 1923

"Auto wreck. December 31, 1923." Looking for the car hauled up in the previous post. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Death Car: 1923

Death Car: 1923

"Auto wreck. December 31, 1923." Continuing this week's theme of vehicular mishaps on (and off) the roads of Washington, D.C. On New Year's Eve, this car was in the drink. See the comments for details about this fatal accident in the Tidal Basin. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Union Garage: 1924

Union Garage: 1924

Washington circa 1924. "Union Garage." The Union Building on G Street, venue for the 1917 Auto Show. In July 1917 it was taken over by the Semmes Motor Company, offering 24-hour repair service as well as showrooms for Dodge and Hudson cars. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Young Again: 1920

Young Again: 1920

New York, 1920. Ms. Young returns, piloting a less imposing conveyance but still with a gleam in her eye. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Joy Ride: 1920

Joy Ride: 1920

New York, 1920. "Young." One of dozens of photos of Ms. Young in the Bain archive. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

24 and 26: 1917

24 and 26: 1917

"Auto wreck, Mass. Ave., Washington circa 1917." A comment on our earlier post of this accident correctly pegged the location as Massachusetts Avenue at 21st Street N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Crumple Zone: 1917

Crumple Zone: 1917

"Auto wreck, Washington, circa 1917." D.C. license plate number for this car: 26. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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