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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Sport Fudge: 1924

Sport Fudge: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Brownley interior." A sort of fernery-confectionery. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Buns?

Is it possible to get a clearer scan of the sign in the right foreground? It seems to mention "French [something] Buns" at 80 cents a pound. That would amount to $10 or so in today's money.

[FRENCH BON BONS 10¢ LB - Dave]

Flood Protection

The white bootees on the table and counter legs are probably there to protect the wood finishes from regular wet mopping of that American Olean mosaic tile floor. Many years ago I lived overseas in a wet-mopping zone, and none of the household furniture I saw in anyone's houses had any finish left on the first three or four inches closest to the floors.

Scary sweets

Buying candy in a funeral parol, I don't think so!

A confection outside too!

1309 F Street NW. A history of the Brownley Confectionery Building.

[That building was constructed in 1932 -- eight years after this photo was taken. The address of the confectionery in our photo is 1203 G Street NW. - Dave]

Ant Protection

Notice the white pots holding the legs of the cases and tables. I assume this is for keeping the ants away.

Yum!

Calories at 5000 per square foot. You could gain weight just walkin' through this place. What's the address?

Candy Crypt

If there was a concession stand at Forest Lawn, this would be it.

Sweet Shop

What a lovely Victorian looking confectionery! So very elegant, clean and welcoming. Mind if I take a seat and sample some sweets?

 
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