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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LONNIE’S STEAM LAUNDRY IN LUBBOCK, TEXAS

Football fans know that Lubbock, Texas is the home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Lubbock is also the home of Lenny’s Steam Laundry. The enterprise must have done a brisk business judging by the fact that it required a fleet of at least three trucks to deliver customer’s clothing to their homes. The owners of the company had a great deal of confidence, which is reflected in their advertising slogan printed on their trucks. The company claims “North, South, East, or West; Our Service Pleases Best”. There is a gentleman standing by each vehicle. They are well dressed men. Preliminary research yielded no information about “Lenny’s Laundry”. The photograph measures 9″ x 7″ and was taken by the Daniel Studio in Lubbock. The studio was the major studio in Lubbock during the 1920’s and 1930’s. They produced many photo postcards of Lubbock and Texas Tech.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO VISITORS IN A CONVERTIBLE AT BALANCED ROCK, GARDEN OF THE GODS, COLORADO

This is one of those vintage real photo postcards that one stumbles upon and is compelled to learn more about. The postcard is a wonderful find. The photograph shows a young couple driving a 1920’s (?) car past “Balanced Rock” in the Garden of the Gods. The popular tourist location is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1859, two surveyors who were instrumental in setting up Colorado City, explored the area and one of them decided that it would be a great place for a “beer garden”.  The second surveyor responded to the suggestion stating it would be better to call it “Garden of the Gods” because it was “a fit place for the Gods to assemble”. Many Native American tribes are connected to this area including the Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Utes, and Pawnee people. The Garden of the Gods became a National Natural Landmark in 1971. This postcard does an excellent job of providing a portrait of the “Balanced Rock”. The natural geological formation is put in even better perspective by photographing an open car in front of it’s precarious pose. The viewer holds their breath hoping that the auto and it’s two occupants pass by safely. Note that there is a pennant hanging on the side of the car. Printed on the pennant is “Kansas City”, which is likely the home of the lovely couple in the convertible. This postcard was produced by the Paul Goerke studio in Manitou, Colorado. It is printed on Artura paper and was produced between 1908 and 1924 (presumably sometime toward the end of this span). The story of photographer Paul Goerke is quite interesting. In the 1890’s, Goerke purchased the land around Balanced Rock. Goerke and his son, Curt, took photographs of tourists by the rock and sold them for 25 cents apiece. At the beginning of Goerke’s business there was no charge to view Balanced Rock. They made their money by charging for the portraits. Among the props supplied by Goerke, were burros. As personal cameras became readily available, Goerke needed to change his business concept. Curt Goerke built a wooden fence around Balanced Rock and began charging 25 cents admission. He also operated a lunch counter adjacent to nearby “Steamboat Rock” and created picnic areas for the thousand of visitors who came each summer. In 1932 the city of Colorado Springs purchased The Goerke property and tore down the fence.

 

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YOU CAN TRUST YOUR CAR TO THE MAN THAT WEARS THE STAR: INCREDIBLE PORTRAIT OF THE INTERIOR OF A WORKING TEXACO GAS STATION

This fantastic photograph provides a look into the interior of a gas station from days gone by. The Texaco Motor Oil cans reveal that we are seeing the inside of a Texaco gas station. A few of the items in the sales showcase can be identified. One can readily see Rustone Cans (rust preventative), flares, and glass cleaner. Is that a cash register on the counter? Next to the register, a cardboard advertising sign promotes a brand of glass cleaner. An advertising calendar hangs on the wall and it provides some interesting information. First, the calendar reveals that this photo was taken in 1942. Secondly, print on the bottom of the calendar reveals that the calendar is advertising a Minnesota company. Therefore, this gas station’s location was probably Minnesota. The people in this photo include the uniformed gas station attendant/mechanic/owner and two woman. One can posit that the older woman may be the pictured gentleman’s wife and the younger woman, his daughter. Note the tire pressure gauge in the man’s shirt pocket. This photograph was taken during difficult times. The United States was involved in World War II and gas rationing began in 1942, the year that this photograph was taken. (SOLD)

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YOUNG GIRL OUT FOR A DRIVE IN SOUTH HAVEN, MICHIGAN

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A young girl sits behind the wheel of an open early automobile in this vintage real photo postcard. She is dressed femininely with puffy sleeves, a wooly hat and a necklace with a locket. The photograph was taken at the Novelty Photo Studio in South Haven, Michigan. The photographer was Charles M. Erard who conducted business in South Haven beginning circa 1905. The Bulletin of Photography (1915) announced his move to Battle Creek, Michigan. He was in Battle Creek working as a photographer until at least 1930. He also had a studio in Albion, Michigan around 1910.

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FANCY CAR AND FANCY DRIVER IN SCHONINGEN, GERMANY (RPPC 1934)

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A classy looking man and his classy looking automobile are the subject of this vintage real photo postcard produced by a photographer named Herr Wurm in Schoningen, Germany. The car looks new and is absolutely beautiful.The owner of the auto must love the car. He is showing his affection by putting one foot on the running board and placing his hand against the car’s door. He looks quite stylish with his white coat, dark hat, and driving gloves. There is something sticking out of his coat pocket. It may be a wallet and you can be sure that he had to be somewhat wealthy to afford this luxurious car. The town of Schoningen is in the district of Helmstedt, in Lower Saxony, Germany. The community is known for its mining of lignite. The writing on the reverse of this photo postcard is dated 1934. The postcard is not postmarked and was likely mailed inside of an envelope.

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TWO YOUNG WOMEN WITH GREAT SMILES DRIVING A JALOPY (REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features two young woman posing for a studio photo portrait while sitting in a faux automobile. Their car is decorated with American flags. The women in this image are flashing wonderful smiles. The young lady in the passenger seat has movie star good-looks. Note the country road backdrop. Examination of the reverse of the image (see below) reveals that it is the front of a postcard. The glue residue on the back of the photograph tells us that the image formerly resided in someone’s photo album or scrap book.

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QUEEN OF THE ROAD: WOMAN DRIVING AN OPEN CAR (1917 VINTAGE PHOTO)

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This vintage photograph captures a woman driving an open car. She appears to be out on a country road. The automobile is a beauty. According to a notation on the reverse of the image, the photo was taken in 1917.

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YOUNG COUPLE OUT FOR A DRIVE IN THEIR OPEN AUTOMOBILE (CLIFTONVILLE, ENGLAND) (RPPC)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome couple out for a ride in the English countryside. The couple are well dressed for their ride in a beautiful open car. The reverse of the postcard indicates that the photo postcard was produced by M & S which is the abbreviation for Misch & Stock of London, England. Printed information on the reverse also states that the photograph may have been from the area of Cliftonville, which is a coastal location in the town of Margate. The postcard stock itself, was produced by Crown Studios sometime between 1913 and 1929.
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