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Urban Castle: 1921

Urban Castle: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Southeast corner, Connecticut Avenue and I Street at 17th N.W." The former Army & Navy Club, which by the 1920s housed a number of medical and dental offices. 8x6 glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Bicoastal Buick: 1929

Bicoastal Buick: 1929

A 1907 "Coast-to-Coast" Buick on San Francisco's Auto Row at Van Ness Avenue and California Street in 1929, evidently at the end of its jaunt. Of all the marques represented here -- Buick, Graham-Paige, Pontiac and Oakland -- only Buick survives. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Post-Mortem: 1930

Post-Mortem: 1930

From around 1930 comes this image of a wrecked 1920s Buick and an ominous pair of shoes. 8x10 Eastman acetate negative signed "Winstead." View full size.

 

Fall Color: 1910

Fall Color: 1910

Circa 1910. "Riverside Drive, New York." A crisp autumn day in Manhattan -- perfect for enjoying nature's tapestry ablaze in a riot of grays. View full size.

 

High Gear: 1926

High Gear: 1926

OVER CALIFORNIA ST. IN HIGH GEAR

FROM KEARNEY ST. UP "EASILY"
FROM 60 TO 75 MILES PER HOUR -- ALL DAY LONG
75 MILES PER HOUR AS SMOOTH AS 30 MILES
ONLY CAR THAT WILL DO IT -- REGARDLESS OF PRICE

"KISSEL STRAIGHT EIGHT"

HORACE HILLS -- 1910 VAN NESS

San Francisco, 1926. "Kissel Straight Eight on California Street." Around 150 Kissels are said to survive, out of the 35,000 manufactured before the company expired in 1930. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Approach With Caution: 1919

Approach With Caution: 1919

San Francisco City Hall circa 1919. "Peerless truck." Three young ladies aboard what seems to be some sort of street-cleaning, finger-ripping machine. Hide your children and stand clear! 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

The Car Factory: 1911

The Car Factory: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." At least two laborers are hard at work in our second look at the expansion of Albert Kahn's factory from two stories to four, at the spot where a bridge was eventually built over Grand Boulevard, connecting this building with one across the street. View full size.

 
 
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