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Making Tracks: 1928

Making Tracks: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "Franklin convertible coupe at Land's End, Presidio." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

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Clean as a whistle!

How did they get the car to this dusty spot and keep it so clean?

Faux Radiator

Franklins all had air-cooled engines. The earlier ones had unconventional-looking sloping front ends (similar to early Renaults) due to the lack of a radiator. Later models, like this one, were styled to look like their conventional, water-cooled competitors in order to appeal to the masses and increase sales. Supposedly, the head engineer at Franklin resigned when the decision was made to style them as if they had a radiator.

Sharing a moment across time

The driver and I are both interested it whatever that is on the ground.

It looks like a strip of movie film, it would have to be 16mm, too small for 35mm and 8mm wouldn't be around for four more years.

[My first thought was a garter snake. -tterrace]

I think you may be right!

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