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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Rolling With the Punches: 1926

Rolling With the Punches: 1926

1926. "Semmes Motor Co. truck, Walter Brown & Sons." Another from National Photo's series of Washington, D.C., working trucks. This Dodge's battered body notwithstanding, motor trucks were a relative newcomer to a workaday world where dray wagons and horse teams had long dominated. View full size.

 

Weschler Fire

This spectacular three alarm fire was reported in the Washington Post 26 March 1915 on page 5. I have a copy of the WaPo article if anyone is interested.

I am so grateful for a photo of this fire damage! My great great grandfather's hotel and saloon, Bessler's Hotel, was next door at 922 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Bessler's hotel and saloon was also extensively damaged due to the fire and had to be completely evacuated.

The fire may have been linked to a growing dislike of the hyphenated Americans as tensions mounted pre World War I. Bessler's Hotel had a hall where many German-American citizens gathered and on 26 Aug 1914 one of these groups declared themselves loyal to the fatherland (Germany). That must have caused some strong feelings, IMHO.

In contrast

it looks like a brand new, shiny 1926 Model T Ford behind the beat up old Dodge.

Butcher Brown

Walter Brown was a butcher at Center Market. The location is the north side of C Street NW, now the National Archives. We see here the rear of buildings which faced on to Pennsylvania Avenue. Adam A. Weschler Auction House was at 920 Pennsylvania Avenue. Lord Baltimore Filling Station No. 1 was at 912 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Shorpy post, Street View: 1922, shows an aerial of the larger area. The burned-out furniture store at 910-912 Pennsylvania Avenue would become the Lord Baltimore Filling Station.

Lord Baltimore's White Arch

Anyone have any idea about the arch on the right, what's written above it, and what's in the space--fire fighting apparatus of some sort?

[It's a Lord Baltimore filling station. The thing sticking up is the glass globe atop an "American Strate" gas pump. - Dave]

Dave, thanks for answering this. -lesle

Adam Weschler Auctioneer

It's nice to see the truck in front of Weschler's Auction House (warehouse?) now at 909 E Street NW.

http://www.weschlers.com/

 
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