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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Cars+Trucks

Grant Six: 1920

Grant Six: 1920

Somewhere around San Francisco in 1920. "Grant Six touring car." Pointed straight into the 20th century, although the Grant brand itself was not long for this world, expiring in 1922. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Second Shift: 1943

Second Shift: 1943

April 1943. "Traffic jam on the road from the Bethlehem Fairfield shipyard to Baltimore as the second shift of workers leaves the plant." Medium-format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Pontiac Palace: 1948

Pontiac Palace: 1948

From San Francisco circa 1948 comes this nighttime shot of a Pontiac showroom, which our learned commenters reveal was at 1560 Van Ness Avenue. 8x10 inch Kodak safety negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Blazing Buick: 1922

Blazing Buick: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Buick roadster at California Street firehouse." If we ride along, can we ring the bell? 5x7 glassneg by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Packard Plant: 1911

Packard Plant: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." Expansion of the Albert Kahn-designed factory building on Grand Boulevard, now an infamous urban ruin. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Jacked Up: 1919

Jacked Up: 1919

Circa 1919. "Studebaker motor car in repair shop with garage mechanic." Don't try this at home. Or at work. 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia. View full size.

 

Kid Dogs: 1919

Kid Dogs: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Service truck at Dodd warehouse." If anyone knows the whereabouts of Nick and his piece of chalk, the foreman would like to see him in the warehouse office. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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