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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BACK UP THE FIGHTING FORCES, WWII

Cars+Trucks

Vacation Wagon: 1964

Vacation Wagon: 1964

        A post first seen here ten years ago, saluting road-trippers everywhere. Everyone buckled up? Let's go!

"Great Falls, Montana. Return after 3 wks Vacation. June 27, 1964." This Kodachrome is from a box of vacation slides I found on eBay. View full size.

 

Top-Down Motoring: 1920

Top-Down Motoring: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Garage elevator wreck." Coming back up will be trickier, if less spectacular. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Club Coupe: 1920

Club Coupe: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Mercer four-passenger coupe." At the vine-covered California Club. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Va-Va-Vroom: 1927

Va-Va-Vroom: 1927

San Francisco circa 1927. "Paige Cabriolet Roadster." Today's entry on the Shorpy Roster of Rusty Relics. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

American Ice: 1906

American Ice: 1906

New York circa 1906. "Union League Club, Brooklyn." Our title comes from the delivery wagon on the right. Also note the Ford dealership with the illuminated AUTOMOBILES sign on the roof. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Old & New: 1930

Old & New: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930. "1921 Cadillac touring car." A well-worn example (equipped with Horse Shoe Cord tires and a fold-away steering wheel) at the address also seen here. The subliminal message in this image is that certain things that are a habit can also be a joy. For extra credit: What things? (The answer, discerned by our sharp-eyed commenters, is: Dinnerware. Also, the high-rise in the distance is the Cathedral Apartments at 1201 California Street, completed in 1930.) 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

A Pretty Grille: 1937

A Pretty Grille: 1937

San Francisco, 1937. "Policeman and Pontiac at Golden Gate Park." 8x10 negative, late of the Marilyn Blaisdell and Wyland Stanley collections. View full size.

 
 
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