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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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Employee Parking: 1940

Employee Parking: 1940

December 1940. "San Diego, California. Workers' automobiles parked near the airplane factories. Providing parking space for automobiles and getting the cars in and out at shift changing time have been big problems." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Shrine Auto Court

Shrine Auto Court was at 3338 Kettener Boulevard. The building has recently been remodeled and sold for $2.4 million.

Newer cars

I count about three cars that are more than five years old. The Depression caused 25 percent of the workforce to lose their jobs, but 75 percentr were able to keep working and buying.

Around this time, cars had useful lives of about six years before being junked.


This photo has a heavy concentration of 1935-36 Ford Coupes. There are at least two with the greyhound radiator cap/hood ornament. And, for some reason, the two parked side by side in the second row have their spare tire mounts removed.

That shiny '34 didn't escape my view, either. Nice photo.

Something's lacking

Color would be amazing!

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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