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Three-Quarter Moon: 1920

Three-Quarter Moon: 1920

San Francisco, 1920. "Moon touring car and tire chains in Golden Gate Park." Was that ice under those palm trees? Latest entry in the Shorpy File of Ephemeral Phaetons. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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Warm and dry

My rule: always conduct a trial fitting of new tire chains when it's warm, dry, and in good light. There is SO much that can go awry, and be conducive to pain and profanity, in actual road conditions.

Agree with Starter Solenoid

Moon began using the Delco electric starter with the 1914 models. One source said that Moon continued the manual starter as a "convenience for the customer".

Starter solenoid

That's where an annoyed soul puts the crank to start the engine.

John McLaren's home

The building behind the car is now McLaren Lodge, the SF Park & Recreation headquarters but at the time of this photo it was home to Park Superintendent John McLaren. Just out of frame on the right of the 1920 photo is a Monterey cypress that still stands today and is known as 'Uncle John's Tree.' At the time it would have been about 40 years old.

Radiator drain plug

Is that a radiator drain plug in front center? Draining radiators for more than 50 years and never had one that convenient.

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