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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE SCHOOLS AT WAR PROGRAM, 1942

Cars+Trucks

Aquacade Motorcade: 1940

Aquacade Motorcade: 1940

San Francisco, 1940. Latest entry from the General Motors promotional file: "Pontiacs at Golden Gate International Exposition. Billy Rose Aquacade." 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Bright Eyes: 1931

Bright Eyes: 1931

San Francisco circa 1931. "Auburn at Golden Gate Park." This feline phaeton is the latest entry in the Shorpy Catalog of Discontinued Conveyances. 5x7 inch glass negative by automotive amanuensis Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Texaco Test Car: 1937

Texaco Test Car: 1937

June 15, 1937. Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. "Texaco Test Fleet auto at Joe DiMaggio Grotto. Driver of Pontiac with restaurant manager Tom DiMaggio." 8x10 film negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Park Avenue Cats: 1951

Park Avenue Cats: 1951

New York, 1951. "Hoffman Motors, Park Avenue. Driver standing next to Jaguar Mark VII saloon." 5x7 acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Fully Optioned: 1939

Fully Optioned: 1939

1939. "General Motors exhibit, Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. Girls on Oldsmobile convertible coupe." A showcase for the latest in body and chassis developments. 8x10 Agfa film negative. View full size.

 

This Is the Place: 1923

This Is the Place: 1923

"Jewett touring car, San Francisco, 1923." The significance of the streetcar tracks is lost to the ages. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Social Climbers: 1925

Social Climbers: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Velie touring car ascending steps." As well as promoting the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial of 1926. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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