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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Cars+Trucks

Capital Transit: 1935

Capital Transit: 1935

October 1935. Washington, D.C. "Capital Transit buses, F and 13th sts. NW." Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street. 4x5 glassneg. View full size.

 

Do Not Pass GO: 1922

Do Not Pass GO: 1922

        UPDATE: "Traffic court -- George H. Scriven, Otto G. Hauschild." A tighter shot of this scene, also captured by National Photo Co.

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Automobile accident recreation with miniature cars." Go Directly to Jail! Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Hatty's Hats: 1943

Hatty's Hats: 1943

March 1943. "New York. Trucks in the garment district." Medium format nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Traffic Lighthouse: 1922

Traffic Lighthouse: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "NO CAPTION (Street near White House)." Another of the Harris & Ewing "traffic" photos, this one showing what looks like a wayward gas pump. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Grand Hotel: 1908

Grand Hotel: 1908

New York in 1908. "Hotel Astor, Times Square." Note the fancy roof garden. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Family Truckster: 1937

Family Truckster: 1937

May 1937. "One of three related Oklahoma drought refugee families on the highway near Lordsburg, New Mexico, going to Roswell to chop cotton." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Essex Motor Cars: 1920

Essex Motor Cars: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Washington Herald, 1210 18th Street N.W." The business next door, its products having motored off into oblivion, is now a Pei Wei. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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