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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Cars+Trucks

Ahoy, Matey: 1921

Ahoy, Matey: 1921

"Jordan touring car at San Francisco piers, 1921." The S.S. Ventura at dock. 8x6 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Hay, Grain, Feed & Coal: 1924

Hay, Grain, Feed & Coal: 1924

Santa Rosa, California, circa 1924. "Graham Brothers truck at Nelligan & Son." 8x6 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Garage Américain: 1919

Garage Américain: 1919

March 17, 1919. "Paris. Interior of the American Red Cross garage at 79 Rue Laugier." Note the sign advising that LOAFING IN CARS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. 5x7 inch glass negative, American National Red Cross. View full size.

 

Dottie & Sally: 1951

Dottie & Sally: 1951

Blue Earth, Minnesota. "Sept. 1951 -- Dottie & Sally." One hon and one Dalmatian. Though the dog might look spotty, she's not Dottie, she's Sally. 35mm Kodachrome by posthumous Shorpy contributors Grace or Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

 

The Pewmobile: 1918

The Pewmobile: 1918

San Francisco circa 1918. "Day-Elder bus." Today's entry in the Shorpy Inventory of Obsolete Omnibi poses the question: How did its passengers get on and off, or from front to back, on a vehicle whose seats seem to extend the full width of the bus? 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Dry Roller: 1920

Dry Roller: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Chalmers touring car at Spreckels Mansion, N.E. corner Octavia & Washington streets." Wearing yet another variation on the "California top," an accessory (this one with sideways-sliding windows) that afforded some of the advantages of the era's heavier, more expensive closed-body models. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Surely You Joust: 1927

Surely You Joust: 1927

San Francisco circa 1927. "Willys-Knight Model 66 sedan." Note the knight radiator cap. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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