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And Step On It: 1917

And Step On It: 1917

San Francisco circa 1917. "Chalmers town car." The ideal conveyance for European nobility, effete academics and the like. Und James, ve do hope zat zeze flowers in de vaz are fresh. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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A tad too tall

Sitting down, Monsieur could easily be mistaken for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Leathery Livery

Damn, that chauffeur's wearing about half a cow!


No spats? It must have been casual Friday.

Handset pocket

An early (short range, one way) mobile phone. Just in case James needs correction enroute. Earpiece conveniently mounted next to James' ear.

Love James' gloves.

Class distinctions

Button shoes and striped pants vs leather gaiters and gauntlet gloves.


Behold my polished boot upon the running board. Don't you just love the brocade upholstered interior? How about my walking stick and buttoned gloves? The pince-nez? And do note the curled-up tips of my moustache. Well, I could spend all day talking about myself, but it's time to run.

Back in the 'hood

We're at Lafayette Park again; through the car's side window we can see the front of our recently-visited 2150 Washington St.

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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