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Caught in Passing: 1920

Caught in Passing: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Chalmers touring car on Van Ness Avenue." At F.J. Linz Motor Co., your Scripps-Booth dealer. With a streetcar squeezing by. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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Building on the left

The building on the left is still there. The Linz building has been replaced by a hideous square box that is boarded up in the Google Streetview ...

[Though unrecognizable now, it's actually the same building, originally built in 1913 -tterrace]

... but its grand neighbor across Cedar St. is there. It is the Concordia Argonaut Club:
founded in 1864 by Levi Strauss and famous members like Haas, Dinkelspiel, Sutro, Lilienthal, the club was originally composed of only Jewish men, it now admits non-Jews and women. The Concordia-Argonaut Club is one of the premier private clubs in the United States.

Multi makes

This dealer also sold Simplex-Crane cars listed below the Scripts-Booth name and on the second floor is the radiator image and name of the National car. Prices start probably with Scripts-Booth followed by Chalmers, National and Simplex-Crane (a huge expensive car) in that order.

Gotta ask

Between the front of the streetcar and the radiator of the automobile we see a rectangle of glass with a Scripps-Booth pennant hanging in the window. The car that we see in the glass is the reflection of our Chalmers touring car, right? And we also see the blurred arm of the man outside on the pavement walking towards the unsmiling driver?

[It's not a reflection. The car is on the street in front of the building. -tterrace]

Well, I'll be. Thanks, tt. Just when I thought I was getting the hang of figuring out photographs.

Things to Ponder

"Is it worth a bent fender to knock that oaf out of the way?"

I know -- the car's not moving or there's a depth of field issue, but it certainly looks as if Mr. Pedestrian is not long to remain in an upright position.

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