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

Cars+Trucks

Nash on Nails: 1922

Nash on Nails: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Lee Tire Co. test." The tire to get if you plan on driving over dozens of nails simultaneously. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Ex-Okie: 1952

Ex-Okie: 1952

1952. "Photographs show families who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl years. People pictured include Mr. & Mrs. Dinwiddie with daughter Ruth and grandchildren Margaret and Bobby." From photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "What's Become of the Okies?" View full size.

Pale Driver: 1941

Pale Driver: 1941

January 1941. "Guest at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park washing his car." This would be Mr. White from Virginia. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Inside Track: 1943

Inside Track: 1943

April 1943. Baltimore, Maryland. "Trucks and trains unloading goods underneath elevated trolley." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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