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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THIS BREAKS THE BACK OF A BOOK, 1930s

Cars+Trucks

Thick and Fast: 1938

Thick and Fast: 1938

San Francisco, 1938. "Yes, Columbus Did Discover America!" A jeweler (and car) with definite political views. Gelatin silver print by the German-born painter and photographer John Gutmann (1905-1998). View full size.

Interlude: 1941

Interlude: 1941

October 1941. "Amsterdam, New York. Street scene." (Meanwhile, back in Europe and Japan ... ) Medium format negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Shiny Stockings: 1928

Shiny Stockings: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "Graham-Paige at Golden Gate Park." Especially well equipped with fender-mounted spares. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Modish Motorist: 1927

Modish Motorist: 1927

San Francisco, 1927. "Hudson sedan, palace grounds." Car and driver both stylishly upholstered. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Incognito: 1920

Incognito: 1920

"San Francisco, 1920. Hudson touring car." Owned by F.W.P., idling in front of the imposing edifice at 1150 Anonymous Avenue. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Grading on a Curve: 1922

Grading on a Curve: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Cliff House road construction, view of Sutro Heights and Playland amusement park." 6x8 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Don't Go Near the Water: 1918

Don't Go Near the Water: 1918

San Francisco circa 1918. "Studebaker sedan off Great Highway at Ocean Beach." In the background, below the Sutro Heights observatory and parapet, is the future site of Playland Amusement Park. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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