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The Splendid Stutz: 1928

The Splendid Stutz: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "Stutz two-door five-passenger sedan." The "Splendid Stutz" was also marketed as the "Safety Stutz," featuring four-wheel hydraulic brakes and wire-reinforced glass. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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If it ain't leaking, it's out of oil.

- Commonly used automotive expression of not that long ago, also applied to radial aircraft engines.

Tire shine

Typically, motor oil was used to make that rubber gleam and glimmer.

Old school tire shine

Brake fluid. Cut through the crud and left a nice sheen.

Safety glass

Within five years those windshield wires would be replaced by laminated safety glass. Last night I was reading the April 1933 issue of Popular Science (like you do) which contained a Model Garage column urging the replacement of ordinary glass by laminated safety glass. By then it was available as an aftermarket alternative. If I read the Internet sources correctly it was available in the late 1920s and common (standard on Fords) by 1936, at least in the UK. By 1939 it was ubiquitous.

Lafayette, we are here

Lafayette Square, that is, a particularly favored location of photographer Helin. This is at the Laguna Street entry, and the blurry apartment house in the distance at the right is 2121 Sacramento Street, built 1926.

The Splendid Hat

With adequate headroom for this stylish gent to wear a straw boater. I'm guessing he wasn't involved in any riots!


Nice two tone paint job. I wonder what the colors are. My guess would be cream and brown.

Ritzy Rubbers

Wonder what they used for tire shine back then?

Dribble Car

Is that a fresh leak on the pavement?

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