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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Cars+Trucks

Errand of Marcy: 1943

Errand of Marcy: 1943

        The shutter clicked as she fingered the cold steel of the pistol in her purse. "No one suspects," she muttered under her breath, fixing her gaze on the Nazi spy at the front of the coach ...

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Crowded bus carrying people to work at 8 a.m." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bee Movie: 1939

Bee Movie: 1939

July 1939. "The main street, Chatham Avenue, of Siler City, North Carolina." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Five & Dime: 1939

Five & Dime: 1939

July 1939. "Appliqued embroideries for sale on street in front of ten cent store. Saturday afternoon. Siler City, North Carolina." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Birdhouse Boys: 1921

Birdhouse Boys: 1921

January 20, 1921. Washington, D.C. "American Forestry Association bird house contest." Back when ornithology was something a boy picked up on the streets. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Avenue B: 1910

Avenue B: 1910

Circa 1910. "Hotel Halcyon and Avenue B looking north -- Miami, Fla." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Siler City: 1939

Siler City: 1939

July 1939. "Siler City, North Carolina." Resting place of Aunt Bee. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Good Turn: 1936

A Good Turn: 1936

Washington, D.C. -- "Safest driver of 1936, John W. Hunter." View full size.

Safest D.C. Autoist Is Chosen;
Drove 32 Years Without Crash

Washington Post, August 13, 1936

        Thirty-two years of automobile driving without an accident or a parking ticket yesterday brought its reward when John Hunter, a merchant living at 7336 Fourteenth street northwest, was selected as Washington's safest driver by a committee headed by Commissioner Melvin C. Hazen. The choice was made in the District Building at the request of the American Automobile Association, which will hold a traffic safety clinic in New York City on August 31. Hunter, who is 57, has estimated that he had driven 600,000 miles. He has never been arrested on a traffic charge or received a parking ticket.

 
 
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