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Vintage photos of:
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.