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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JEWISH RELIEF CAMPAIGN, 1917

Cars+Trucks

Sayers Six: 1921

Sayers Six: 1921

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.

 

Welcome D.U. Bathrick: 1946

Welcome D.U. Bathrick: 1946

April 24, 1946. "Pontiac zone managers' banquet at St. Francis Hotel." 8x10 acetate negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

At Rest: 1948

At Rest: 1948

New York, 1948. "Weitzner & Papper Monuments truck at Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens." 4x5 negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Fast Friends: 1929

Fast Friends: 1929

San Francisco, 1929. "Paige coupe and biplane at Mills Field." Latest entry in the Shorpy Catalog of Quaint Conveyances. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Death's Doorman: 1919

Death's Doorman: 1919

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.

 

Hop In, Honey: 19xx

Hop In, Honey: 19xx

From somewhere in San Francisco comes this undated, unlabeled photo of a lady in a fancy-looking phaeton with a glass headrest. Who can tell us what she's driving, and when? 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Aquacade Motorcade: 1940

Aquacade Motorcade: 1940

San Francisco, 1940. Latest entry from the General Motors promotional file: "Pontiacs at Golden Gate International Exposition. Billy Rose Aquacade." 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 
 
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