Here at TheCrackedBlock we explore the car collecting culture. From car shows, auction, motorcycle meets, and automobilia to the history of it all.


Photographic and Editorial Services

We have a full service writing and photographic division to document your vehicle or event .

We serve the Central Pennsylvania area including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Carlisle and Hershey. We can contract outside of this area.

We cover events for local and national publications.

We can shoot:

Art styled photography for yourself or a client.

Documentary style photography for listing your vehicle for sale or insurance purposes.

Event photography to create a portfolio of memories of your car show or other event.





CARS The Early Years (2000, 349 pages) Text by Brian Laban

This book is a treasure trove of early photographs from the Getty Image archives depicting the automotive age from the 1880’s to the mid 1950’s. It has text and captions in English, German, and French. Text is written by Brian Laban who is a notable automotive writer based in Britian.
Early cars are shown as they were used in events through their early history. These include road races and endurance displays like the famous New York to Paris race of 1908, every day street scenes, world wars, and Sunday drives.
The photographs chosen are excellent and reproduced with exquisite detail. Time and again we saw photographs of cars as they were actually used, pictures that we have never seen before. There were strange and unusual accessories, including traction aids (not tire chains but similar) and turn signal devices. There are cars of unusual design that never made it past the prototype stage. And of course there are Model T’s and Rolls-Royce’s and just about every car in between pictured and in period.
This is one of the most interesting photographic histories of the early car we have come across. It is an excellent coffee table book.
Though this book is a fairly new publication it is out of print and very reasonably priced on the secondary market. It is a spectacular buy, usually found in the $5 to $15 dollar range.

The Collectors

Read about the men and women who started the car collecting life. Before them, old cars,motorcycles and trucks were just worn out appliances. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their vision.



Thanks for stopping by. Bookmark us because we plan on adding stories, photographs and information about the vintage car world as we roam the country looking for stories of interest. TheCrackedBlock is here!