PHOTO OF A COUPLE GOING FOR A SPIN IN A VERY EARLY AUTOMOBILE

This vintage photograph features a couple sitting in a very early automobile. A gentleman is standing beside the car with one foot on the sideboard. Note the large headlamps and the disparity in size between the front and rear tires. I have seen cars similar to this one, started and driven. My most lasting memory is the sound of their engines. Their engines don’t purr; they growl. They are incredibly loud. This image is printed on thin photo paper. The photograph measures about 5 3/8″ x 3  5/8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on October 15, 2019 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A BOY AND HIS ’59 CHEVY IMPALA SPORTING A BARRY GOLDWATER SENATE CAMPAIGN SIGN (1968)

chevy 1 This snapshot photograph is an excellent piece of American social history. The image shows a young man pointing to a political poster affixed to the side of a 1959, or 1960 Chevy Impala. The sign is supporting the 1968 US Senate campaign of Barry Goldwater  (1909-1988).  Goldwater was a conservative republican from Arizona. The sign states that Goldwater “hit the floor in ’64”.  Hitting the floor is a reference to the fact that Goldwater lost the Presidential election to Lyndon B Johnson in 1964. Johnson won a landslide victory. Goldwater only won six states. The sign maker wrote “Watch our weight in ’68”, referring to Goldwater’s Senate race that year. The sign maker was predicting victory and victory is exactly what occurred. Note the car’s radio antenna. Also take note of the “Taxi” sign behind the boys left shoulder. It is interesting to note the John McCain succeeded Goldwater in the US Senate. This photograph is a perfect illustration of life in the late 1960’s. The Chevy and the boy’s attire (love the cardigan sweater), take me back to a simpler time.  (SOLD)

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FANTASTIC 1940’S AUTOMOBILE ON A PYRENEES MOUNTAIN ROAD (NOTE THE ALIEN TREES DANCING IN THE BACKGROUND)

This vintage photograph offers a look at automobile travel in the 1940’s. The photo features a beautiful car with the driver and a passenger peering out through the open windows. The automobile is incredibly long. I wouldn’t want to parallel park this massive sedan. Take special note of the trees behind the car. The trees look like monsters, or space aliens, with arms and legs awkwardly posed. The trees appear to be dancing. Printed on the reverse of the photo are some words that may offer a clue as to where and when this photo was taken. The photograph appears to have been shot in Roncevaux, a mountain pass in the Pyrenees on the border between France and Spain. The photograph was taken in 1947. This vintage photo measures about 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and is in very good condition.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK IN TAGNON, ARDENNES, FRANCE (1942)

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ardennes taxi 1 This vintage snap shot features two men and what appears to be a delivery  or panel truck . This 1942 photo was taken in Tagnon, which is a community in the Ardennes department in northern France. The Ardennes region is in Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and France. It was the scene of vicious battles in both World Wars. One of these battles was the Battle of the Bulge which occurred in 1944 and 1945. The previous owner of this photograph reported that this vehicle is a taxi. This photograph measures about 2 1/8″ x 2 1/8″ and is in good condition (see scans).

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HAPPY COUPLE AND A HANOMAG FARM TRACTOR IN DACHAU, GERMANY

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tractor 1 This vintage private photo postcard features a happy couple posing with a Hanomag diesel farm tractor. The man and woman are both smiling and appear to be having a good time. The tractor has headlights; probably to allow it to travel on dark roads. I’m not so sure if a farmer would ever plow at night. The gentleman in this photo may be a farmer, but he certainly isn’t dressed like one. The tractor looks suspiciously like an automobile. However, back wheels of this vehicle leave little doubt that it is a tractor, and not an auto. Hanomag (Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG) was the German manufacturer of the tractor in this image. The company, based in Hanover, produced tractors, steam locomotives, trucks and military vehicles since before World War I. In fact, the company began in 1835. In 1925 they began manufacturing automobiles. In 1928, the company began producing diesel tractors, such as the one seen in this photo. The company was purchased by the Japanese firm, Komatsu, in 1989. On the drivers side of the vehicle, near the steering wheel, are the words “Peter Reiter, Dachau”. I believe, though can not confirm, that “Peter Reiter” was a agricultural machinery dealer in Dachau, Germany. Many people’s first impression upon encountering the name “Dachau”, immediately associate it with the concentration camp built there by the Nazis in 1933. The word “Dachau” brings up horrific images and thoughts. Dachau is a town in Germany. It is located in Upper Bavaria in the southern part of the country. It is twelve miles northwest of Munich. This photo postcard measures about 5 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ and is in good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN AND HIS 1952 CUSTOM PONTIAC IN HOUSTON, TEXAS (PHOTO BY CHIP LORD)

pontiac This vintage real photo chrome postcard features an African American man and his custom 1952 Pontiac. This automobile is certainly “one of a kind”. Text on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the car has painted seat covers. In addition, the description asserts that the chrome work took years to finish. The artist decided to remain anonymous. This photograph was taken in Houston, Texas in 1973. The photographer was Chip Lord and the publisher was Foto Folio, located in New York City. Additional credits were attributed to Dover Press. This postcard was mailed in 1984, eleven years after the photograph was taken. It was mailed from Everett, Washington, to Erie, Pennsylvania. The photographer, Chip Lord  (1944- ) is a very successful American media artist and has led an interesting life. He is best known for being a co-founder and practitioner at the media collective, known as Ant Farm. The firm was started in 1968. Wikipedia asserts that his work is often “nostalgic, but edged with an ironic detachment”.  A graduate of Tulane, he became an architect. He taught at the University of Houston (Go Cougars….I got my graduate degree there). He also taught at a couple of the University of California Campuses. Lord is also known for many of his projects, including the “Cadillac Ranch”.  He shares credit for this public art installation and sculpture with other artist from Ant Farm.  The exhibition is comprised of ten half buried cadillacs facing nose-first in the ground. The cars ranged from 1949 through 1963, and the exhibition illustrated the evolution of Cadillac’s tail fins. In addition, there is symbolism.  Cadillacs represented 1950’s America and a “symbol of aspirations”. The sculpture is located in Amarillo,, Texas and a photo of the project can be seen below.. Lord has had many publications and his works appear in many fine museums.  (SOLD)

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FOUR YOUNG COUPLES POSE IN FRONT OF AN AUTOMOBILE IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY (1946)

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FULL CAR2 Four young couples pose in front of a dusty car that is parked on a dirt driveway. Three of the women stand in front of a man, likely their beaus. The fourth woman is keeping her distance from the fellow who stands behind her. The three men who are standing behind the three women appear to be quite “handy”. One supposes that we are looking at a photograph of a “quadruple date”. The setting may be a Texas ranch. This photograph was found in the Texas Hill Country. Do you think these four couples arrived at this location via the car that is parked behind them? If so, the seating must have been quite crowded.  The image was photographed by Foxco in 1946. The company has an interesting history.  The Fox Photo Studio was opened by Arthur C. Fox in 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. Fox sold the studio for seven hundred dollars to Carl D. Newton in 1909. Newton was a clever entrepreneur. One of his gimmicks was to offer a free camera to anyone buying three rolls of film and prepaying developing and printing fees. His successor to the business was Carl D Newton II.  By the mid 1930’s Fox advertised itself as the world’s largest Kodak finishers. Their processing plant was in operation around the clock. The company expanded and opened facilities in Dallas, Houston, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The company grew and grew and ultimately reached 12,000 dealers nationwide. In 1986, the company was sold to Kodak. Carl D Newton III kept the retail division of the business, calling it Fox Photo. Later, the business changed hands a number of times until it faded into history.  This photo was taken somewhere near San Antonio. The photo is printed on paper thinner than stock used for cdvs or cabinet cards. This photograph measures about 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ and is in good condition (see scans).

 

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PIONEER FEMINIST DRIVING HER FAMILY IN AN EARLY AUTOMOBILE

s-l1600 This vintage real photo postcard features a young woman driving an early automobile. What makes this postcard rather remarkable is that she is driving the car while her husband sits in the passenger seat. She truly was a woman before her time. She didn’t need a man to drive her around. She appears to have been self sufficient and confident enough to operate a vehicle on her own. The couple’s son is enjoying the car ride by straddling the hood of the automobile as it travels down a bumpy dirt road. I don’t know the model or year of the car but I can appreciate some of its features. Note the funky headlights, windshield and the starting crank on the front grill. This postcard was produced by AZO sometime between 1904 and 1918. Addendum: A knowledgeable and helpful cabinet card gallery visitor has informed me that this automobile is a 1910 or a 1911 Maxwell.  (SOLD)

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EXTENDED FAMILY POSES ON A DIRT ROAD NEAR SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (NOTE THE TWO VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES)

This vintage photograph features a group photo of what is likely an extended family. The two cars ferried six adults and three children to this rural spot for their portrait. The group is standing on a dirt road and posing in front of an agricultural field. One of the men in the photograph is wearing a military uniform. Perhaps he is home on leave. The image was photographed by Foxco in 1944. The company has an interesting history.  The Fox Photo Studio was opened by Arthur C. Fox in 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. Fox sold the studio for seven hundred dollars to Carl D. Newton in 1909. Newton was a clever entrepreneur. One of his gimmicks was to offer a free camera to anyone buying three rolls of film and prepaying developing and printing fees. His successor to the business was Carl D Newton II.  By the mid 1930’s Fox advertised itself as the world’s largest Kodak finishers. Their processing plant was in operation around the clock. The company expanded and opened facilities in Dallas, Houston, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The company grew and grew and ultimately reached 12,000 dealers nationwide. In 1986, the company was sold to Kodak. Carl D Newton III kept the retail division of the business, calling it Fox Photo. Later, the business changed hands a number of times until it faded into history.  This photo was taken somewhere near San Antonio. The photo is printed on paper thinner than stock used for cdvs or cabinet cards. The photograph measures about 3″ x 2 1/4″ and is in very good condition.

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ROAD TRIP: FOUR BOYS AND A FORD GALAXIE IN MEXICO

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Everyday life was becoming a drag. Every day was a carbon copy of the previous day. The boys needed something to do that would break up the routine. One of the boys had an idea of how to end their restlessness. After a night of the boys boozing it up, he said, “How about a road trip?”. Agreement with the proposal was unanimous. With little planning, the boys jumped into Joe’s Ford Galaxie and drove off to the border. Once in Mexico, the boys stopped at a cafe to get some grub. A sign hanging on the side of the building advertised food. Among the selections was “Pollo” (chicken) and “Carnitas” (a tasty pork dish). The boys brought along their own liquid refreshment. A large bottle sits on top of the car and one of the boys is holding a second bottle. The odds are that the liquid refreshment was some form of alcohol. One can only imagine what occurred after this photograph was taken. Hopefully, the boys had a good time and got home safely. This photograph was taken circa  early 1960’s. The Ford Galaxie was produced beginning 1959 and the pictured vehicle is one of the early models. This vintage real photo postcard has a light crease in the lower left hand corner and is in overall good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on October 3, 2018 at 9:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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