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

Cars+Trucks

Arriviste: 1922

Arriviste: 1922

        UPDATE: A Washington Post news item identifies this as a Custer "Cootie Car."

Jan. 22, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Woman in three-wheeled vehicle." The electric chair last spied here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Vermont: 1911

Hotel Vermont: 1911

Burlington, Vermont, circa 1911. "Hotel Vermont." Now the Vermont House condominiums. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Cab Noir: 1942

Cab Noir: 1942

        The "Sky-View" taxi was a long-wheelbase DeSoto sedan with a plexiglas sunroof.

1942. "New York. Negro taxi driver. Story dealing with the life of Negroes in New York, their professions, occupations, and recreational activities." Photo by Albert Fenn for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Church Street: 1911

Church Street: 1911

Burlington, Vermont, circa 1911. "Church Street north from Bank Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Shampoo: 1937

Shampoo: 1937

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1937. "Potomac Electric Power Co. -- Pole setting." Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Iced T: 1922

Iced T: 1922

Jan. 28, 1922. "Snow -- Washington, D.C." A frosty Ford Model T during the blizzard of 1922. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

American Pickers: 1937

American Pickers: 1937

January 1937. "Migrant agricultural workers. Family from New Mexico, camped near the packinghouse at Deerfield, Florida. Note the box labeled 'Yakima Apples' which has been carried all the way from the apple orchards of Washington." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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