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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Your Move: 1920

Your Move: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Traffic court -- George H. Scriven, Otto G. Hauschild." Another moldy oldie from the National Photo vaults. View full size.

 

FOB SOS

I don't recognize the insignia on his watch fob. Is that a DC police fob?

Weird white figure

There's a diffuse, irregular white circle that looks like damage to the image, but which is strictly contained by the boundary of the tabletop. How is that possible?

[It's mold on the emulsion. - Dave]

Your tax dollars at work

These guys cannot conceal their happiness in getting to play their favorite boyhood game of "cars and trucks" on company time and with those beautifully detailed and crafted vehicles. They may be in their forties but had to have had lots of fun creating the crash in the center of the model town and probably taking dibs on whose child is going to finally receive those marvelous toys.

Otto C. Hauschild

Washington Post, Mar 4, 1959

Otto Hauschild, Served as Policeman 44 Years

Otto C. Hauschild, whose 44 years on the Washington police force were a record in length and service when he retired in 1946, died of a stroke Monday at the Washington Hospital Center. He was 79.

When Mr. Hauschild joined the force in 1902, the speed limit was 4 miles an hour and motorists going any faster were trailed by policemen on bicycles. He had beats in the 1st, 5th, 6th and 9th precints.

During his longest assignment, from 1919 until retirement, he was an assistant in the Corporation Counsel's Office, preparing trial papers and conducting preliminary hearings in traffic cases.

Studying traffic problems, he hit on the idea of reconstructing traffic accidents with toy cars. His system became so successful that it was adopted across the country to clarify complicated collision cases in court.

Earning a law degree in 1928 from Georgetown University, he became the first policeman ever admitted to practice before the Supreme Court.

Drat!

You sank my battleship!

Desk

Don't look now but your drawers are open!

Pre-Computers

Interesting to see how they handled such graphics problems before the computer. This does look like more fun. Movable pieces! Can anyone recognize the lapel pins these two gents are wearing?

Subpoena the Horse

He saw everything!

Boys and their toys

If I had seen this photo when I was eight years old I'd have known what I wanted be when I grew up.

Boardwalk with a Motel

is where you landed, and that'll be $10,000. Early Monopoly prototype?

 
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