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Rolling Cole: 1925

Rolling Cole: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Cole Aero Eight Series 890 touring car on Gough Street." This was the final year for both the marque and its founder, Joseph J. Cole, who died in August 1925. 5x7 inch glass negative by that automotive amanuensis Christopher Helin. View full size.


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Aero 8 Ad

I have had this advertisement hanging on my wall for years. I think mine depicts a 1918 Cole Aero 8.

The Thin White Line

Yet another example of body line pinstriping, done by hand. Beautiful.

Thank you for closure

Sometime ago, having seen this house on Shorpy, I set out to find it in vain like a boy in love with a girl from a picture found in a box in the attic. You found her, and she remains no more, except always in my heart.

Distinctive front and rear tires

i don't believe I have ever seen front and rear specific tires in any vintage photos before. The fronts are grooved for steering control similar to aircraft tires today. the rears are knobby style for traction. Great photo of course.

[Like most cars of the era, this Cole had only rear-wheel brakes. - Dave]

The retaining wall and bollards survive

Very nice looking car and house. As noted from a previous post -- this spot on Gough Street is now part of Lafayette Park.

Be there or be square

I do love a fine automobile but I'll leave the commentary on vintage models -- like this beaut -- to those who know what they're talking about. But being one who is fairly obsessed with shiny windows as well as enamored of geometric shapes (in all honesty I favor circles, but still), I am transfixed by the number of square panes of mosaic-like glass in the windows of the house beyond, belonging to what I imagine must have been a sun room or small conservatory AND in the front. Can you imagine cleaning those? Also I love the way the shades over the larger front windows were pulled to exactly the same place on each window. (Had I lived there, that's exactly as I would have done it.) More squares on the heavy front door as well as its side lights. The symmetry is ever so comforting.

[More of this multifaceted house here and here and here. - Dave]

Wow. Sweet. I remember being taken with the ad copy on the Playboy, so much so that I copied it elsewhere so as not to lose it. Of course I have no idea where I put it so thanks for the reminder.

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