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Vintage photos of:
San Francisco circa 1921. "Sayers Six at Palace of Fine Arts." An Avondale touring car made by Sayers & Scovill of Cincinnati, one of the more obscure entries in the Shorpy Catalog of Discontinued Conveyances. And evidently the buggy of choice for Civil War reenactors. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.
Somewhere in San Francisco circa 1919. "Woman alighting from Marmon limousine." At first this would seem to be all about the car, until we notice the pedestrian with the influenza face mask, and sign advertising what seems to be an appearance by the actress Aurora Mardiganian in connection with ARMENIAN MASSACRES. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.