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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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Flivver Jordan: 1917

Flivver Jordan: 1917

Circa 1917. "Jordan touring car." Sweetheart, we're out of gas. And BTW do we want kids? Like, 19 of them? Our fourth and final look at this muddy motorcar. From the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

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License plate

The bear on the left side of the license plate is the annual validation tab for 1916.

Mud and Romance?

Considering the apparent promotional purpose of this group of Jordan auto photos (as evidenced by the banner and dealer plates), a muddy road must have been far more emblematic of adventure and wanderlust in the 1920s than is the case today. After all, Ned Jordan was the first to make a fortune selling the romance rather than the reality of his products -- but he certainly wasn't the last.

Quercus Query

Who can ID the tree?

[Looks like valley oak, Quercus lobata. -tterrace]

"Our fourth and final look"


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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