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"Almas director." Officials of Almas, the Washington D.C., Masonic temple, at the Shriners Convention of June 1923, which hosted a quarter-million delegates from lodges and temples across the United States. Imperial Potentate James McCandless and President Warren Harding, himself a Master Mason, were among the dignitaries present for a week of parades along Pennsylvania Avenue, which was strung with thousands of electric lights and rechristened the "Road to Mecca" at a time when interest in fraternal organizations was at its peak. View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "National Capital Brewery." The National Capital Brewing Co. plant at 14th and D Streets S.E. The company, which owned a number bars in downtown Washington, switched to making Carry's Ice Cream with the onset of Prohibition. The brewery's boiler room furnace figured in a sensational murder case in 1912. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.
Our third look at that circa 1917 car wreck at Massachusetts Avenue and 21st Street N.W. in Washington. As with so many of these old glass negatives, mold is colonizing the thicker parts of the emulsion. The result is an accident scene that looks like it's been dusted with flour. National Photo Company. View full size.
"Auto wreck. December 31, 1923." Continuing this week's theme of vehicular mishaps on (and off) the roads of Washington, D.C. On New Year's Eve, this car was in the drink. See the comments for details about this fatal accident in the Tidal Basin. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.