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The radiator keeps the ladies warm

The radiator keeps the ladies warm.When the Oldsmobile Company wanted to promote their car in 1920, ( we think it's a Model 45-B ) they asked two cheerful ladies to dress up warm so they could photograph them sitting on the wings ( fenders) of the car.
It is not particularly clean, so perhaps it was an impromptu photo session after the occupants were taken by the beauty of Rock Creek Park ?
Either way, the ladies look warm enough clutching the hot radiator cap and we see the flowing river plus a hint of a shadow so perhaps the snow is thawing.
No footprints and no snow on their shoes, so we wonder how far these ladies were driven perched in their precarious position before arriving at the chosen spot ?
Modern media is reminding us to prepare for trouble when going out in our cars this winter - take a spade to dig yourself out of snow, a flask of hot tea/coffee, warm clothes, food, and ensure your tyres have good treads etc. 
Judging by the treadless tyres on the front wheels, our Oldsmobile crew seem to be relying on the car company's advert which boasts a position of acknowledged leadership which has... " built up a very definite and sound protection to every purchaser of its product."

Well, friends, if you do venture out in the snow, common sense will see you through and remember to take a camera so we can all enjoy your adventure.

Text Robin Batchelor, picture courtesy SHORPY.


#6 2017-01-09 12:28
In my opinion ALL the clothes [including the stockings] that the two ladies are wearing are from 1920 rather than the late 30's.
#5 2017-01-07 21:14
There certainly were ladies attractive stockings way back to...?, but it seems the "lisle" stockings were 100 cotton spun. Those of the ladies shown are VERY 'expandable and conforming' as were/are nylons, making them the new rage when introduced?
We must have some ladies born to the 30's?
#4 2017-01-07 11:23
My wife says that there were other types of stockings before 'Nylons'. They were known as 'Lisle'.
#3 2017-01-06 20:27
"Nylons" were not introduced(by Dupont) until 1939, so...?
#2 2017-01-06 18:40
While the beauty of Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. still remains, Rock Creek Parkway itself, which winds through Rock Creek from the Kennedy Center in downtown Washington thru upper Connecticut Ave. in Maryland, has become a nightmare of bumper to bumper traffic during weekday rush hours. It is so congested with traffic, that it had to be made one-way southbound during the morning commuter rush, and one-way northbound during the afternoon car crush. I had often thought of trying to take one of my Singers out for a spin early on a weekend morning or late afternoon, but scrapped the idea after I considered that most of the parkway does not have emergency pull-off lanes, just creeks and rocks.I now live in north-central Maryland where I can dash around the rural lanes like Mr. Toad. My only worry is plowing (excuse the pun)into the back of a farm tractor crawling down the road.
#1 2017-01-06 18:33
The lack of treads on the tires is not so important if the tread width is essentially zero. Notice the road tire cross section. Tread becomes critical if the tires are wide and flat. There are some high pressure narrow tires made in those days with the tread consisting of the words "non skid" molded into them. They also had snow chains in the era.

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