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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The Virtual Buick: 1953

The Virtual Buick: 1953

1954 Buick "Roadmaster" in a 1953 photograph taken as a study for painted illustrations in advertising, sales brochures, etc. View full size.

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Cigarette Lighter

That cigarette lighter sure would do a number on anyone hitting it with their face.

Road Salt

My Florida grandparents drove a 50's Plymouth station wagon that had nearly the entire floorboards eaten away by salt. It looked a lot like this picture.

By the way, pretty lady! This picture makes her look like she's driving in Heaven, where an angel like her probably ended up by now.

'54 Buick Special

I learned to drive on my Grandmother's '54 Buick Special (4 door sedan), virtually the same interior. The starter was part of the accelerator. You pressed down and it started, then you just used the pedal the same as normal! I was 6'2" and could almost stretch out across the front seat.


I can't believe i am saying this but cute shoes!! And it really doesn't matter where the dashboard is going to hit her because the steering wheel will get there first and it would crush her, it's so big.


It's pointing to her face, not her heart. :D

what a beautiful dashboard

what a beautiful dashboard

No seat belts necessary

Steering column perfectly designed to impale the heart. Good thing she has those white gloves on!

Great reference! You hardly

Great reference! You hardly see the behind-the-scenes work.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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