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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Pie Patrol: 1920

Pie Patrol: 1920

Washington again, circa 1920. "Holmes Bakery truck. Ford Motor Co." A sight sadly missing from the streets of our nation's capital lo these many years: big trucks delivering fresh blackberry pie. View full pies. National Photo Company.

 

Dixie Soda Fountain Co.: 1928

Dixie Soda Fountain Co.: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Dixie Soda Fountain Company. People's Drug Store No. 40." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Smooth Operators: 1928

Smooth Operators: 1928

"C&P Tel. Co. girls." More Chesapeake and Potomac "telephone girls" from 1928. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Where Lincoln Died: 1921

Where Lincoln Died: 1921

"Edwards boy at house where Lincoln died. 1920 or 1921." The ever enigmatic "Edwards boy" sees the sights in Washington. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Saks Fur: 1920

Saks Fur: 1920

"Saks Fur Co. 1920 or 1921." Wintertime window display at the Washington, D.C., furrier featuring a taxidermy tie-in with the movie "Isobel, or the Trail's End." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Key Bridge: 1920

Key Bridge: 1920

The Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac under construction circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Whistle Bottling Works." Yet another outpost in the Whistle beverage empire. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Somehow I can envision a musical based on this place. Kind of like "The Pajama Game," but instead of sleepwear, soda pop. And of course whistling.

 
 
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