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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Cars+Trucks

The Farmer's Wife

The Farmer's Wife

October 1938. Farm wife and baby waiting in the car while her husband attends the auction. Oskaloosa, Kansas. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 

Blitzen Benz: 1911

Blitzen Benz: 1911

May 25, 1911. Bob Burman and his "Blitzen Benz," a month after setting a world speed record in the car. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Brighton Beach: 1910

Brighton Beach: 1910

May 14, 1910. Racecar driver Al Poole in his Simplex at Brighton Beach, Coney Island. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

Full Service: 1942

Full Service: 1942

Spring 1942. "Girl having her tire changed in Southeast Washington." Photograph by Marjory Collins, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

FDNY: 1913

FDNY: 1913

New York Fire Department "auto extension pipe" hose truck (?) circa 1913. "Couple Gear" on radiator. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Testing the Hoses: 1913

Testing the Hoses: 1913

"Motor Fire Engine." Testing the FDNY hoses somewhere along the waterfront in 1913. View full size | Zoom in. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Roy's Hoppin Hooptie: 1915

Roy's Hoppin Hooptie: 1915

Roy Repp in his bucking Buick ("Maude, the Motor Mule") circa 1915 in New York. (Three more pics). View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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