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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Cars+Trucks

The Outing: 1919

The Outing: 1919

        "Goodness, Isobel -- we seem to be out of gas!"

San Francisco circa 1919. "Maxwell touring car." Transporting its tourists on what looks to be a chilly day. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Verily, a Velie: 1919

Verily, a Velie: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Velie roadster at Golden Gate Park." Latest entrant in the Shorpy Concours of Kaput Konveyances. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Icebox Buick: 1922

Icebox Buick: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Ice-packed Buick motor stunt." A demonstration of the "Heat Control Carburetor." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Flapper's Up: 1920

Flapper's Up: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Studebaker touring car and biplane at airfield." With the fur possibly about to fly. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Tractor Expo: 1922

Tractor Expo: 1922

October 1922. Washington, D.C. "Fordson tractor exposition at Camp Meigs." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Nash Flier: 1919

Nash Flier: 1919

October 1919. "Nash Flier -- California Highway Motor Train in San Francisco." A publicity stunt showcasing the nascent field of long-distance trucking as facilitated by the "giant pneumatic tire." The cargo here being Sperry's Drifted Snow Flour. 6½ x 8½ glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Criminal Background: 1923

Criminal Background: 1923

San Francisco, 1923. "Nash sedan at Spreckels Mansion." With Alcatraz in the distance. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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