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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Cars+Trucks

Field Trip: 1942

Field Trip: 1942

October 1942. "Manpower, junior size. Proud young fighters in Uncle Sam's junior army visit a scrap yard in Roanoke, Virginia, to see for themselves what happens to the scrap they collect for our war industries. One of the workers explains to the children how the acetylene torch he holds cuts heavy metal into the shapes required for melting by the steel mills." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Valentino Sarra for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Monster Truck: 1918

Monster Truck: 1918

San Francisco circa 1918. "White 5-ton motor truck loaded with Sperry Flour bound for Los Angeles." Guarded by what looks to be a prototype version of the Cookie Monster. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Good for Life: 1942

Good for Life: 1942

July 1942. "Nyssa, Oregon. Farm Security Administration mobile camp. Soda pop is delivered at the camp for Japanese-Americans." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Don Lee Cadillac: 1925

Don Lee Cadillac: 1925

San Francisco, 1925. "Type V-63 Sedan at Don Lee Cadillac." Back when "power steering" was supplied by the chauffeur. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Original Signers: 1921

Original Signers: 1921

        "We are signing the Victory Highway, San Francisco to N.Y."

San Francisco circa 1921. "White motor truck at Palace of Fine Arts -- California State Automobile Association." A project from the early days of long-distance motor travel, when auto clubs took the lead in establishing and marking routes between cities and across the country. 8x10 inch glass negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

It's a Bear: 1919

It's a Bear: 1919

San Francisco, 1919. "Grant motor truck at Public Library." Minimally equipped, we'd say. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Foot Patrol: 1923

Foot Patrol: 1923

Washington, D.C. "S.S. Banks, March 20, 1923." We suspect this has something to do with traffic safety. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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