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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE PORT OF NEW YORK, c 1878

Unknown Soldiers: 1918

Unknown Soldiers: 1918

Washington circa 1918. The caption for this one is "no caption." Anybody here look familiar? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Update: These officers were members of the Czech Legion; in the middle is Capt. Vladimir Hurban. Thanks to Anonymous and Stanton Square for this info.

 

Naked Lunch: 1920

Naked Lunch: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Barretta interior, 9 (maybe G) St." The nice thing about glazed wallpaper is it's so easy to keep clean. Nat'l Photo Co. View full size.

 

The Road to Mecca: 1923

The Road to Mecca: 1923

"Almas director." Officials of Almas, the Washington D.C., Masonic temple, at the Shriners Convention of June 1923, which hosted a quarter-million delegates from lodges and temples across the United States. Imperial Potentate James McCandless and President Warren Harding, himself a Master Mason, were among the dignitaries present for a week of parades along Pennsylvania Avenue, which was strung with thousands of electric lights and rechristened the "Road to Mecca" at a time when interest in fraternal organizations was at its peak. View full size.

 

Beer, Blood and Bones: 1917

Beer, Blood and Bones: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "National Capital Brewery." The National Capital Brewing Co. plant at 14th and D Streets S.E. The company, which owned a number bars in downtown Washington, switched to making Carry's Ice Cream with the onset of Prohibition. The brewery's boiler room furnace figured in a sensational murder case in 1912. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Home Office: 1920

Home Office: 1920

"H.E.F. in den, 2227 Nichols Avenue," circa 1920. Herbert E. French owned National Photo, the source for so many of the images seen here. Evidently he surrounded himself with his work. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Stand Back, Folks: 1917

Stand Back, Folks: 1917

Our third look at that circa 1917 car wreck at Massachusetts Avenue and 21st Street N.W. in Washington. As with so many of these old glass negatives, mold is colonizing the thicker parts of the emulsion. The result is an accident scene that looks like it's been dusted with flour. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Shoo's: 1917

Shoo's: 1917

Washington circa 1917. Shoomaker's saloon at 1311 E Street N.W. after having moved from 1331 E Street in late 1914. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size. Thanks to Quondam Washington for the inspiration.

 
 
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