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Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Crystal Glass Casket Co., exterior." The offices of Crystal Glass Casket ("Let us tell you why 90 per cent of the people will Demand Glass Caskets") at 605 15th Street N.W., "directly opposite U.S. Treasury." This was the start of a "business opportunity" that ended with predictable if not entertaining results -- a million-dollar swindle, indictments for stock fraud, conspiracy and bribery, and trials that dragged through the courts for years. National Photo Company Collection crystal glass negative. View full size.