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

Pineapple Express: 1920

Pineapple Express: 1920

San Francisco ca. 1920. "I. Mi Lani -- REO Speed Wagon delivery truck." Also known as the Flying Artichoke. 5x7 glass plate by Chris Helin. 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!

Spare me the details

Ah, those Kelsey-Hayes split rims! Don't even try to change a tire from one unless you have this unlikely looking mousetrap tool, which engages those little holes on the side tucks one end of the rim inside the other to make it small enough to squeeze into the tire. It's not a job for the faint of heart. The tool listed for 80¢ in a 1925 parts catalog.

During this era a lot of vehicles came with a spare rim, but no tire.

Milani & Baldassini

She's brand new, all right

The price tag is still attached to the windshield pillar!

Running on fumes

That's the gas tank as dashboard, no? Yipe! It's a very handy location, but I wouldn't much like to be in an accident with this model nor would I like to be driving and smelling spillage. One would certainly think twice about driving and smoking. There are aircraft of similar vintage with gas tanks positioned the same way.

Still there, but much altered

The Crocker-Langley phone directory lists a Hermann's Market at 1598 Bush Street until at least 1945. Sure enough, here it is. It's a little hard to tell, but the skylight glass embedded in the sidewalk gives it away.

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.