Last Call- Fairer Sex Education Edition


Captioned only as “Girl’s Mechanics Class, Circa 1927” this is an awesome shot of four young ladies, posed getting their wrenches on. They totally look the part, their high heels show that while their overalls could be pressed into duty no matter what the gender of their wearers, mechanics shoes were far more of a challenge.

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24 responses to “Last Call- Fairer Sex Education Edition”

  1. rustylink Avatar


  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Well, you know… cars were taller back then. And evidently everything was a lot dirtier.
    (You can almost make out the logo on the hub in the hi-res version on shorpy dot com. Someone with better eyes than me?)

    1. Alff Avatar

      That's a tall order. Google American Cars 1920-1925 and you'll see how many potential candidates there are. I'll bet there were over 100 manufacturers on the east coast alone. I'm putting my money on a lesser "budget" brand (painted radiator shell, bucketed headlights and the fact that it was a high school's project vehicle suggest that.) Who knows what the answer is, maybe one of the Durant brands?

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      According to a couple of Shorpyites, it's a Stephens Salient Six, a premium car back when it was new – three times the cost of a contemporary Model T.

  3. Maxichamp Avatar

    Hi gang. I'll be in Carmel tomorrow for the start of Monterey Auto Week. I will be attending Concours on the Avenue and Automobilia. Follow me on Twitter @TamerlaneBlog for photos.
    These are my photos from last year.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar


    2. Stu_Rock Avatar

      I'll be there too. I still have Tim B.'s phone number so I'll try to get in touch with you guys.

  4. Devin Avatar

    According to the ladies I know, heels are convenient because they can be used as an impromptu hammer.

  5. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
    Dean Bigglesworth

    Some fairer sex music right here..
    [youtube q6IlRq4sWuI youtube]
    Cool picture too.

    1. stigshift Avatar

      My favorite Neko Case tune. One of my favorite tunes, period.

      1. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
        Dean Bigglesworth

        Do you have any other favourite female artists? Mine, in no particular order, would be Katie Melua, Joan Baez, Amy MacDonald, and more recently Taylor Swift's acoustic performances. All names are links to youtube videos, assuming they work. I've probably forgotten someone.

        1. dead_elvis Avatar

          If you fancy Neko, check out her frequent co-conspirator Kelly Hogan. She's amazing, one of the best female voices working today. Only 4 of her own albums, but she's sung on dozens of other acts' recordings.
          [youtube 3zCFPqGfNic youtube]

          1. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
            Dean Bigglesworth

            She's.. good.
            I was just ordering some records, added the I Like to Keep Myself in Pain LP. Ordered some Airbourne, Neko Case, Nick Cave, John Fogerty, HIM, J.Karjalainen,Taylor Swift, and Clutch at the same time.. I do most of my listening digitally, but I like to buy the albums of the artists I like to support them. Goodbye 350€, hello great music!
            Also I don't know if I'm hearing things or if my ear is starting to develop.. but the notes in the beginning of "Hold On, Hold On" reminded me of the beginning notes in this:

          2. dead_elvis Avatar

            Hmmm, not sure I hear the similarity, but Hold On is an old familiar & I'd never heard the song you posted before.
            Hogan's voice is breathtaking, and I hope she finds a much greater audience than she currently has. Hogan & Case are pretty funny on Twitter, too, as they were on this:
            I'd add Eilen Jewell, Carolyn Mark (another compadre of Case & Hogan), Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers, Lydia Loveless, and Jolie Holland to your to-listen-to list. (Everyone has one, right?)
            [late night DJ voice] next up, on Tooniverse Radio Distaff Edition…

          3. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
            Dean Bigglesworth

            Added all of those to my list.. Thank You. I forgot Zooey Deschanel (in She & Him, and Munchausen by Proxy in "Yes Man"), Imelda May, and probably someone else earlier. Imelda's got an amazing voice.
            I had a quick listen to all the ones you mentioned, clicked the first videos that popped up and particularly like this one.
            [youtube 1v6WgO2I4io youtube]
            I should really grab myself by the neck, fix my guitar, and start playing again.

          4. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
            Dean Bigglesworth

            I don't mean they're similar songs, the intro just sounds like the same notes on the guitar played differently. Any actual musicians here want to chime in and tell me to go and sit in the corner?

        2. Kogashiwa Avatar

          Wasted way too much time going through my albums. Couldn't decide on songs to post. Anyway, ended up a bit in a jazz mode.
          [youtube y4d4O54ssCc youtube]

        3. Eric Rood Avatar
          Eric Rood

          Tara Jane O'Neil. Super mellow, gorgeous voice, great chimey electric guitar tone (My weakness).
          [youtube yPvfHtuImIA youtube]
          She also played bass in Rodan, which was a pretty sweet early '90s post-punk band.

    2. Devin Avatar

      Who has two thumbs and saw Neko Case play this past weekend? This guy! Kelly Hogan was also there on backup vocals/stage banter. They're a pretty good double act between songs.
      I figured someone had to brag.

  6. dukeisduke Avatar

    On Shorpy, this picture would get the Pretty Girls tag.

  7. JayP2112 Avatar

    Snap-On Pinup Calender 1927?

  8. MVEilenstein Avatar

    Tawny Kitaen's mother and aunts tried to impress upon her the more practical uses for vehicular choreography, but her interests were always more carnal in nature.

  9. Hesh Avatar

    And so, it all started right here. I took my car to the new dealership for a nail in my front tire and before I knew it, the ladies convinced me that I needed my engine overhauled.

  10. Manic_King Avatar

    Sharpest 1927 photo I've seen, they had pretty good pro lens probably and a 18 Mpix ca……..oh, wait. Nevermind.

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