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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WHEN WE'RE WRONG, LET'S SAY SO: 1929

Cars+Trucks

Honolulu Clipper: 1939

Honolulu Clipper: 1939

Aug. 28, 1939. "Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. General Motors exhibit of GMC trucks with Pan American Airways Clipper Ship at Treasure Island. Bay Bridge in background." The Boeing 314 flying boat Honolulu Clipper. 8x10 Agfa negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

At Your Call: 1948

At Your Call: 1948

New York circa 1948. "WCBS broadcast studios, 49 East 52nd Street." 4x5 inch acetate negative by John M. Fox, whom we get to see on both sides of the lens in this unusual and presumably accidental selfie. View full size.

 

Still Running: 1921

Still Running: 1921

San Francisco, 1921. "Antique Cadillacs -- still running." On the left, a 1902 Cadillac that's nineteen years old, if you can believe it. Next to mere sixteener with 200k miles on the clock that seems to be in far worse shape. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Playing Through: 1931

Playing Through: 1931

        Our astute commenters have identified this racy roadster as a 1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet passing the 18th hole at the Union League Club in Millbrae, San Mateo County.

San Francisco, 1931. "Cord roadster at golf course." Living it up in the depths of the Depression. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

WCBS: 1948

WCBS: 1948

New York circa 1948. "WCBS studios, 49 East 52nd Street." Broadcasting in AM and FM. 4x5 inch acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Hudson Flivver School: 1930

Hudson Flivver School: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930. "Hudson auto with schoolgirls." Waving yearbooks (?) titled The Telescope. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

A Close Call: 1920

A Close Call: 1920

No caption survives for this view of a circa 1920 Maxwell, but we would guess it had something to do with the car's excellent brakes, or maybe its triple-strength spring-steel bumper. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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