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Cars+Trucks

Covelo Stables: 1925

Covelo Stables: 1925

1925. "Indian guides and Nash auto at Covelo stables. Mendocino County, Calif." Along with a tin-sign Who's Who of the 1920s soft drink industry, starting with Shorpy's favorite beverage, Whistle, and its slogan "WHIZ-WHIM-WHANG." 6½ x 8½ glass negative from Wyland Stanley via Marilyn Blaisdell. View full size.

 

Custom Chassis: 1923

Custom Chassis: 1923

        What with one 1920s car looking pretty much like the next, the enterprising automotive photographer had to juice things up as best he could. Here, for instance, we have the rake of sunlight and mysterious background obelisk as points of interest, sparking an artsy three-quarters view. Oh, and big headlights.

The Bay Area in 1923. "Peerless touring car." Fully equipped with two spares. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Flivver Jordan: 1917

Flivver Jordan: 1917

Circa 1917. "Jordan touring car." Sweetheart, we're out of gas. And BTW do we want kids? Like, 19 of them? Our fourth and final look at this muddy motorcar. From the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

 

Lands End: 1925

Lands End: 1925

1925. "Overland at Lands End and Lincoln Park golf course." Latest entry in the Shorpy Showcase of Extinct Automobiles. 6½x8½ glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana, scanned by Shorpy. View full size.

 

Coal to the Curb: 1925

Coal to the Curb: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Ford Motor Co. -- A.P. Woodson Co. coal truck." And now for the hard part. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Trailblazers: 1917

Trailblazers: 1917

The Bay Area circa 1917. "Jordan touring car." Our second look at this intrepid couple, motoring along a freshly plowed highway in their "Seven-Passenger Luxury Car." From the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

 

Inside Information: 1954

Inside Information: 1954

        So how does the account exec know what the prices are?

1954. "Merrill Lynch account executive chalks up current stock prices on quotation board in firm's new mobile office." One of the earlier mobile apps. View full size.

 
 
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