SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

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.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Kingfish Airflow: 1935

Kingfish Airflow: 1935

Washington, D.C., 1935. "Sen. Huey P. Long." The former Louisiana governor and future assassinated senator with a shiny DeSoto Airflow. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!

Huey and the Car

Two observations:
1. While Huey looks significantly rumpled, his shoes have just emerged from the Senate shoeshine stand.
2. Parking near the Russell Building (as it is now) was a lot easier then. This looks like C Street NE, just north of the building.

What is that thing

... projecting out of the hood, just in front of the driver's section of windscreen? Some kind of deflector? Airscoop?

[The cowl ventilator, a fresh-air intake for passenger compartment air circulation, here shown open. Standard feature in cars up through the early-50s.]

According to the cognoscenti

The DeSoto, with its shorter chassis, was better suited to the proportions of the Airflow body style than its larger Chrysler cousins, resulting in an altogether more graceful product. I must admit that the distinction escapes me. The DeSoto's radiator grille seems marginally better looking, although by the end of the Airflow era, both DeSotos and Chryslers had evolved a more upright grille in a futile effort to make the cars look more "conventional" to cash-strapped Depression buyers.


Did the Desoto and the Chrysler model Airflow have big styling difference? Just 700-some dollars, pretty sleek body. I recall seeing the commercial where they flew one off of a cliff.

[You are perhaps confusing the cheaper but similarly named DeSoto Airstream ($695) with the Airflow, which had an advertised price of $1,015. - Dave]


HPL is the physical definition thereof. He is one UGLY man, yet he was adored by hundreds of thousands. Note his static position, the body language: it's upright and expansive. He's important and he knows it; and important people stand regally and take up a lot of space.

Ahead of its time

The Airflows were too drastic a design for the conservative depression era, but in seeing this excellent photo of a brand new example, it would seem they would fit right in with today's styling.

Don't Tread On Me?

That tire has the strangest tread pattern I've ever seen.

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.