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[Snapshots of a Western Dirt Track]

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[Snapshots of a Western Dirt Track]

125.00

24 snapshots captured from the stands of a small dirt track (likely a 1/4 mile oval) during a circa-1950's stock car race. The location is unknown, though the vegetation and expansive sky visible in images overwhelmingly suggests the American West. A true bare-bones track with little in the way of infrastructure, other than a modest front stretch grandstand. The racing cars appear to be modified pre-War coupes, the type favored by the hot rod set and and amateur stock car racers of the era. An exceptional group. 

[Vernacular Photography] : [Auto Racing]. [Western Dirt Track Racing Snapshots]. [ca. 1950's]. 24 black and white silver print photographs. Uniform deckle-edge prints, each approximately 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" ; with faint factory print to versos: "KODAK / VELOX / PAPER" Prints clean, lacking any verso notations, etc... Some faint toning, discolor to a couple of print borders, else about near fine.

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24 snapshots captured from the stands of a small dirt track (likely a 1/4 mile oval) during a circa-1950's stock car race. The location is unknown, though the vegetation and expansive sky visible in images overwhelmingly suggests the American West. A true bare-bones track with little in the way of infrastructure, other than a modest front stretch grandstand. The racing cars appear to be modified pre-War coupes, the type favored by the hot rod set and and amateur stock car racers of the era. An exceptional group. 

[Vernacular Photography] : [Auto Racing]. [Western Dirt Track Racing Snapshots]. [ca. 1950's]. 24 black and white silver print photographs. Uniform deckle-edge prints, each approximately 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" ; with faint factory print to versos: "KODAK / VELOX / PAPER" Prints clean, lacking any verso notations, etc... Some faint toning, discolor to a couple of print borders, else about near fine.