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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LONDON UNDERGROUND, 1913

Cars+Trucks

Specialized Lubrication: 1932

Specialized Lubrication: 1932

September 14, 1932. "Goodyear service station, San Francisco." Second in this series of Goodyear-centric photos. 8x10 inch nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Sound Your Sparton: 1918

Sound Your Sparton: 1918

California in 1918. "Chalmers touring car on dunes." Along with a reminder from the Sparton auto-accessories company to sound your horn -- branding disguised as a safety message. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Gurley-Lord: 1929

Gurley-Lord: 1929

"Gurley-Lord service station, San Francisco, 1929." One of eight 8x10 negatives showing rubber-related activities at Goodyear tire dealers. View full size.

 

Big Box: 1925

Big Box: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Transportation Building, corner 17th and H Sts." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pontiac Noir: 1948

Pontiac Noir: 1948

1948. "George Daniels Pontiac, Van Ness Avenue." The San Francisco car dealer­ship whose interior we've seen here. 8x10 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Slush Bus: 1942

Slush Bus: 1942

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "Bus going through the snow near Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Circle." No one ever moved to Washington for the weather! Photo by John Ferrell for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Selected Succulents: 1928

Selected Succulents: 1928

"Oldsmobile Coupe, 1928." Along with some exotic specimens representing the flora and fauna of San Francisco. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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