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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cars+Trucks

Luxury Car: 1917

Luxury Car: 1917

The Bay Area circa 1917. "Jordan touring car." The tot-laden vehicle seen here yesterday, a Jordan advertised as the "Seven-Passenger Luxury Car," with the same driver but minus the kids. Note the literal NON-SKID tire tread. Glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

 

Glass Wrangler: 1920

Glass Wrangler: 1920

    Young Tom started out in Nails & Tacks and worked his way up.

San Francisco ca. 1920s. "Young man on Harley-Davidson motorcycle -- California State Automobile Association 'Broken Glass Department' patrol." 6.5x8.5 glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Bring the Kids: 1917

Bring the Kids: 1917

San Francisco circa 1917. "Jordan touring car with children." Did we lose a few back there when we hit that bump? Better do a head count. 6.5x8.5 inch glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

To Build a Fire: 1920

To Build a Fire: 1920

        "Say, Bill, don't you think the girls did a marvelous job setting up the tent?"

California circa 1920. "Briscoe auto at campsite." We'd say it's about time to rustle up some grub. Also we call dibs on that camp chair. Now where'd we put the cocktail shaker? 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Coal & Flue Season: 1925

Coal & Flue Season: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Ford Motor Co. -- Consumers Company coal truck." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Eureka: 1925

Eureka: 1925

Circa 1925. "Man pointing at California State Automobile Association signage; woman with pennant reading BOOST THE REDWOOD HIGHWAY." A souvenir from the early days of motoring, when signage was a do-it-yourself affair, with routes marked and mapped by automobile clubs. 6½x8½ inch glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

 

Red Crown Gasoline: 1927

Red Crown Gasoline: 1927

Northern California circa 1927. "California State Automobile Association Official Mechanical, First Aid and Towing Service Station." Offering Emergency Road Service and Red Crown Gasoline. 6½x8½ inch glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

 
 
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