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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cars+Trucks

Tires and You: 1942

Tires and You: 1942

Summer 1942. "Good citizenship and plain common sense. This man is performing a duty every car owner owes to himself and to our fighting men. In having his car adjusted to prevent excessive tire wear -- and in observing the simple rules that make tires last longer -- he is making a valuable contribution to our war effort. The man who wastes rubber is a poor citizen and blind even to his own personal interests." View full size. From photos by Martha McMillan Roberts, Howard Hollem, Albert Freeman and Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information.

 

Trucked: 1935

Trucked: 1935

October 1935. Our third shot of Red House, West Virginia, youngsters on the way to school by truck. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA. View full size.

 

All Aboard the School Truck: 1935

All Aboard the School Truck: 1935

October 1935. Red House, West Virginia. Youngsters on the way to school. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Buick Badges

Buick Badges

A closeup of the badges seen here. View full size.

Silver City Buick: 1940

Silver City Buick: 1940

May or June 1940. "Insignias on tourist's car seen in Silver City, New Mexico." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Birds of a Feather: 1939

Birds of a Feather: 1939

May 1939. "Farm woman. Vendor of chickens at farmers' market in Weatherford, Texas." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Texas 1939

Texas 1939

May 1939. "Seeds for sale on luggage carrier of automobile, farmers' market, Weatherford, Texas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 
 
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