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Window display of handkerchiefs at Lansburgh & Brothers Department Store. The building, now a CVS Pharmacy still stands at the intersection of E St NW & 8th St NW, Washington D.C. Most of the buildings reflected in the glass and across the street have also survived the passage of time. View full size.