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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Curb Service: 1940

Curb Service: 1940

December 1940. "Workmen during lunch period, across the street from the Consolidated Aircraft factory. San Diego, California." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Pacific Coast Highway

Haven't been down that way in years (late 70's), but at one time you could bypass Interstate 5 and go down PCH. On one side of the road was the old plant parking lot. There was an elevated walkway over PCH that led to the Consolidated plant. The security turnstiles were still in place.

I Pick Bachelor #2, Jim

For Handsome Rakes inclusion.

Should have looked first!

at your comment bohneyjames! Just spent a bit of time trying to ID that Dodge! I came up with a '37, but I'll take your ID.

The '36 Ford was the easy one and the '37 Oldsmobile is a Six for what it's worth.

On the Mend

The stitching job on Joe Smoker's shirt pocket is serviceable though inexpert. I wonder if he did it himself. My mother's hand-stitching was a thing of beauty - every stitch precise, evenly spaced and tiny. She gave the same care and attention to even the most ragged of our clothes.

Here, smoke my brand

My Doctor says they're actually good for you!

Shorpy Vehicle Identification Imperative

L to R: 1934-35 Chevrolet two-door sedan, 1935 Dodge, 1936 Ford, and far right, a 1937 Oldsmobile convertible, complete with fog lights, cowl mounted spotlights, outside rearview mirrors (note the other cars do not have them), and some oh-so-sexy fender skirts. Also note the Oldsmobile has been "nosed," meaning the hood ornament has been removed.

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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