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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Traffic-Stopper: 1928

Traffic-Stopper: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "Pontiac at Golden Gate Park." Not to worry, that dent should Photoshop right out. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

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