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

Cars+Trucks

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.

 

Auto Wreck: 1923

Auto Wreck: 1923

        A larger, more detailed version of a photo we first posted six years ago, with the details supplied by Shorpy member Stanton Square, accompanied by a "new" image here.

Washington, D.C. A curious photograph titled "Auto wreck. 7/30/23." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Flatcar: 1923

Flatcar: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Asst. P.M.G. Bartlett's car." Assistant Postmaster General John Bartlett survived; his car, also seen here, did not. View full size.

 

Bent Out of Shape: 1928

Bent Out of Shape: 1928

Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1928. "Car wreck after an accident." One dejected-looking Jewett. Wellington Evening Post glass negative. View full size.

 

Balcony View: 1923

Balcony View: 1923

        Thanks to our commenters, we've zeroed in on the location: the 500 block of Royal Street.

Circa 1923. "Street scene, New Orleans." Who can name the street? It has a nice view of the Hibernia Bank tower. Photo by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

A Diamond for Lil: 1959

A Diamond for Lil: 1959

March 3, 1959. "Long Island Lighting Co. trucks and men." A Diamond T truck bearing the likeness of Lilco's "Lil." Photo by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Career Girl: 1943

Career Girl: 1943

June 1943. "Miss Frances Heisler, pump attendant at one of the Atlantic Refining Company garages in Philadelphia. She was formerly a clerk in the payroll department of the Curtis Publishing Co." Our third look at Frances on the job. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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