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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Cars+Trucks

Sunday Drive: 1920

Sunday Drive: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Grant touring car." The party last seen here, somewhat rearranged. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

The New Olds: 1927

The New Olds: 1927

San Francisco, 1927. "Oldsmobile roadster at Golden Gate Park." Latest listing in the Shorpy Catalogue of Jaunty Jalopies. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Shafter Strikers: 1938

Shafter Strikers: 1938

November 1938. Shafter, California. "During the cotton strike, the father, a striking picker, has left his wife and child in the car while he applies to the Farm Security Administration for an emergency food grant." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

M-Squad: 1919

M-Squad: 1919

San Francisco. "Maxwell - 1919" is all it says here. Perhaps these gents are in scale sales. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Safety Stutz: 1927

Safety Stutz: 1927

San Francisco, 1927. "Stutz Vertical Eight with Safety Chassis." The so-called "Safety Stutz" featured four-wheel hydraulic brakes and wire-reinforced, supposedly shatterproof glass -- just the thing for cruising in the rain on bald tires. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

If I Had a Trailer: 1921

If I Had a Trailer: 1921

May 1921. Washington, D.C. "Charles Seeger, a composer, is a brother of Alan Seeger, the war poet. His wife is a distinguished violinist." And their baby boy will grow up to be folk legend Pete Seeger. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

        Ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger, seated in automobile, with family, standing, L-R: wife Constance Seeger, concert violinist, holding son Pete (1919-2014), and sons John and Charles. The family is ready to leave Washington, D.C., for their 1921 "trailer trip" musical expedition to bring classical music to rural areas.

 

Versatile Hauler: 1927

Versatile Hauler: 1927

San Francisco circa 1927. "Graham Bros. truck with stake bed body." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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