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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Cars+Trucks

Oke Doke: 1939

Oke Doke: 1939

January 1939. "Nightclub along highway. Williamson County, Illinois." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Old Unreliable: 1921

Old Unreliable: 1921

New Zealand circa 1921. "Wanganui Fire Brigade's Merryweather fire engine on blocks, probably in Chavannes Garage. When new, the vehicle had a large hose reel, later removed and replaced by rear lockers. A report in January 1926 stated that the machine was useless and unreliable. It was sold a short time later for 60 pounds." Glass negative by Frank J. Denton. View full size.

 

Over the Edge: 1923

Over the Edge: 1923

       Mrs. Dorothy Holland, 20 years old, of Baltimore, lies in Georgetown University Hospital suffering from internal hemorrhages as a result of an automobile in which she was riding going over a 30-foot embankment near the Virginia end of the Chain bridge at 6 o'clock yesterday morning. ... According to the police, the accident was the result of an all-night party that began at 1 o'clock yesterday morning ...

"Auto wreck -- July 30, 1923." Last seen here six years ago in this post. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Auto Wreck: 1923

Auto Wreck: 1923

        A larger, more detailed version of a photo we first posted six years ago, with the details supplied by Shorpy member Stanton Square, accompanied by a "new" image here.

Washington, D.C. A curious photograph titled "Auto wreck. 7/30/23." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Flatcar: 1923

Flatcar: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Asst. P.M.G. Bartlett's car." Assistant Postmaster General John Bartlett survived; his car, also seen here, did not. View full size.

 

Bent Out of Shape: 1928

Bent Out of Shape: 1928

Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1928. "Car wreck after an accident." One dejected-looking Jewett. Wellington Evening Post glass negative. View full size.

 

Balcony View: 1923

Balcony View: 1923

        Thanks to our commenters, we've zeroed in on the location: the 500 block of Royal Street.

Circa 1923. "Street scene, New Orleans." Who can name the street? It has a nice view of the Hibernia Bank tower. Photo by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 
 
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