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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WHEN WE'RE WRONG, LET'S SAY SO: 1929

Cars+Trucks

Queens View Market: 1948

Queens View Market: 1948

New York circa 1948. "Queens View Food Market, 34th Avenue." Just in time for the Grand Opening! 4x5 acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Expect Great Things: 1923

Expect Great Things: 1923

Dec. 27, 1923. "Don Lee Cadillac agency, corner Van Ness & O'Farrell." And a Model V-63 Phaeton, approximating closed-car comfort with a variation on the "California top." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Cadillac Caliphs: 1932

Cadillac Caliphs: 1932

    Don Lee handing over the keys to a V-12 Cadillac touring car.

San Francisco, 1932. "Cadillac agency, NE corner Van Ness & O'Farrell." The monumental exterior of Don Lee Cadillac. Note the "ISLAM" fezzes of these Masonic potentates. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Free Towing: 1925

Free Towing: 1925

San Francisco, 1925. "California State Automobile Association. Wrecked Peerless being hauled at hospital on Broadway between Van Ness & Polk." 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Family Truckster: 1942

Family Truckster: 1942

June 1942. "Yreka, California, seat of a county rich in mineral deposits." But poor in car seats. Photo by Russell Lee, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Road of the Streamliners: 1939

Road of the Streamliners: 1939

"Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939. Transportation hall." Exhibits by General Motors and Union Pacific dominate this view, with TWA, Greyhound and Santa Fe also showing up. 8x10 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Miss Fisher Body: 1939

Miss Fisher Body: 1939

July 8, 1939. "Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco -- General Motors Day badge held by Miss Fisher Body." Whose parts all seem to fit unusually well. 8x10 negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 
 
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