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Baggage Express: 1917

Baggage Express: 1917

February 1917. "Union Transfer Company truck, German Embassy." The scene at the embassy in Washington after Woodrow Wilson ended diplomatic relations with Germany, two months before the United States made its declaration of war. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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It seems to have taken at least two express companies to do the job. The Union Transfer Co. trucks have different cargo bodies than the Adams Express Co. truck does in the earlier embassy picture, but they are still all CT Electric trucks.


But not on that midnight train to Georgia.

Horn vs Horn

#21 has to make do with the old squeeze bulb type while #19 has the state of the art oogah. Not fair.

Heavy stuff

So grateful for the invention of wheeled suitcases.

The price of eggs

The German Embassy is paying the price for getting egg all over their faces following the Zimmermann Telegram fiasco.

Diplomacy: the art of scheming behind someone's back. And we are still engaged in such activities to this day. Perhaps the State Department should make this website required viewing.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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