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Vintage photos of:
"Two Tons of Oranges -- the Gift of the Alhambra-San Gabriel Red Cross Chapter, to the Sick and Disabled Soldiers at Letterman Hospital, San Francisco. Your Turn Next!"
This legend in bold letters on the side of a two-ton auto truck advertised the merits of fruit as a first aid to convalescence over a circuit of five hundred miles, as the golden cargo made its way along the valley of the Southern California town on to the Pacific Coast. Newspapers all along the route gave a still wider publicity to the generosity of the Fruit Growers of the Sunset state for in addition to the oranges there were quantities of lemons and grapefruit, while at Los Angeles the local Red Cross Chapter added a contribution of seventy-five pounds of candy.--Better Fruit, June 1920
March 1920. "Republic motor truck at Letterman Hospital, San Francisco, with cargo of oranges." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.
San Francisco circa 1921. "Sayers Six at Palace of Fine Arts." An Avondale touring car made by Sayers & Scovill of Cincinnati, one of the more obscure entries in the Shorpy Catalog of Discontinued Conveyances. And evidently the buggy of choice for Civil War reenactors. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.
Somewhere in San Francisco circa 1919. "Woman alighting from Marmon limousine." At first this would seem to be all about the car, until we notice the pedestrian with the influenza face mask, and sign advertising what seems to be an appearance by the actress Aurora Mardiganian in connection with ARMENIAN MASSACRES. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.