Shorpy February 28, 2017

San Francisco circa 1923. “Jordan Playboy roadster.” A car famous for the ad copy that sold it. 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.
Somewhere west of Laramie there’s a broncho-busting, steer-roping girl who knows what I’m talking about. She can tell what a sassy pony, that’s a cross between greased lightning and the place where it hits, can do with eleven hundred pounds of steel and action when he’s going high, wide and handsome. The truth is — the Playboy was built for her. Built for the lass whose face is brown with the sun when the day is done of revel and romp and race. She loves the cross of the wild and the tame. There’s a savor of links about that car — of laughter and lilt and light — a hint of old loves — and saddle and quirt. It’s a brawny thing — yet a graceful thing for the sweep o’ of the Avenue. Step into the Playboy when the hour grows dull with things dead and stale. Then start for the land of real living with the spirit of the lass who rides, lean and rangy, into the red horizon of a Wyoming twilight.


1935. “Edgemont, Keene vicinity, Albemarle County, Virginia. Structure dates to 1806. Was the home of Col. James Powell Cocke. Designed by Thomas Jefferson after the Villa Rotunda design of Palladio.” 8×10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston, Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.


October 1939. Greeley, Colorado. “Mrs. Milton Robinson, wife of Farm Security Administration borrower, in the kitchen of her farm home.” Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.