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The year is 1924 and the city is Washington, D.C. What's going on here? Your guesses, educated and otherwise, welcome in the Comments box. View full size.
UPDATE: As correctly surmised in the very first comments, these are baseball fans. The original caption: "October 3, 1924. Washington, D.C. Waiting in line for tickets for the opening game of the World Series. Picture snapped at 10 p.m. October 3rd, twenty-four hours before the tickets will be placed on sale."