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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE PORT OF NEW YORK, c 1878

Cars+Trucks

Don Lee Cadillac: 1925

Don Lee Cadillac: 1925

San Francisco, 1925. "Type V-63 Sedan at Don Lee Cadillac." Back when "power steering" was supplied by the chauffeur. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Original Signers: 1921

Original Signers: 1921

        "We are signing the Victory Highway, San Francisco to N.Y."

San Francisco circa 1921. "White motor truck at Palace of Fine Arts -- California State Automobile Association." A project from the early days of long-distance motor travel, when auto clubs took the lead in establishing and marking routes between cities and across the country. 8x10 inch glass negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

It's a Bear: 1919

It's a Bear: 1919

San Francisco, 1919. "Grant motor truck at Public Library." Minimally equipped, we'd say. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Foot Patrol: 1923

Foot Patrol: 1923

Washington, D.C. "S.S. Banks, March 20, 1923." We suspect this has something to do with traffic safety. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Happy Wanderer: 1918

The Happy Wanderer: 1918

"Marmon touring car, San Francisco, 1918." Latest entry in the Shorpy Index of Ill-Fated Phaetons. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Follow the Light: 1933

Follow the Light: 1933

"Nash showroom, San Francisco, 1933." Where selling points include the Worm-Drive Axle and a center headlight that turns with the steering wheel. 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Thick and Fast: 1938

Thick and Fast: 1938

San Francisco, 1938. "Yes, Columbus Did Discover America!" A jeweler (and car) with definite political views. Gelatin silver print by the German-born painter and photographer John Gutmann (1905-1998). View full size.

 
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