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

Mothproof: 1920

Mothproof: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Peoples Drug Store, 14th & U." A nighttime view of the store seen here and here and here. Your headquarters for "tar bags." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Just Wondering

What are Tar Bags?

[Mothproof garment bags. - Dave]

Broom anyone?

You would have thought they would send the stock boy out to at least broom off the front entrance sidewalk before snapping a pic of the store. While he's at it, give him a quart of paint and a brush for the front door.

"Cafe and Dairy Lunch"

appears to be on the wall behind the Peoples Drug sign. Let's hope they moved to a new location and didn't go out of business.

The sidewalk is filthy with cigar butts and other trash. That wasn't unusual in the old days. I remember it being that way when I was a kid. Try throwing a candy bar wrapper or cigar butt on the ground today in front of someone and see what happens.

They don't sell light bulbs

Evidently, since I count 25 burned out in the sign.

It's organized

Bug killing stuff on the left, people killing stuff on the right.

 
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