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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.


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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.

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