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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T TALK LOOSELY TO STRANGERS

Cars+Trucks

Upward Oldsmobile: 1940

Upward Oldsmobile: 1940

San Francisco, 1940. "Oldsmobile sedan and pedestrians ascending steep grade." With the Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. 8x0 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Meet the Yardleys: 1967

Meet the Yardleys: 1967

        UPDATE: Our garden party is on Bontecou Road at Lilburn Drive in Stony Point, New York. While a number of you independently arrived at the correct answer, Johnny Yuma was first. Clapclapclap! Tell us how you did it.

An unlabeled Kodachrome from the same batch of slides as young Stephen, fast-forwarded to what seems to be the mid-1960s. Who'll be the first to Street View this split-level suburb? In the meantime, pull up a chair. View full size.

Wet Beer: 1948

Wet Beer: 1948

New York circa 1948. "C. Rose Distributing Co. truck." Just in out of the rain, with a backdrop of Piel's, Fitzgerald's, and maybe Rose himself. Who if he dressed any sharper might make your eyes bleed. 4x5 negative by John Fox. View full size.

 

Filles de Franklin: 1920

Filles de Franklin: 1920

San Francisco, 1920. "Franklin touring car at Golden Gate Park Conservatory." The air-cooled Franklin's styling hallmark was a radiatorless hood that was said to resemble a coal scuttle. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Here Today: 1947

Here Today: 1947

        Here Today -- The car they said was years away!

New York City, December 1947. "Hudson dealers and the new Hudson." A striking design that sold like hotcakes when it was introduced to car-starved postwar America. 4x5 inch acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

This Time: 1948

This Time: 1948

New York circa 1948. "The new Hudson." From a design standpoint, the venerable carmaker's last hurrah. 4x5 acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Chase the Chills: 1920

Chase the Chills: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Pittsburg Water Heater Co." You'll come for the hot water but stay for the giant washing machine. 8x6 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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