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Detroiter and Argo: 1915

Detroiter and Argo: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "W.L. Smith agency, Argo cars, 14th Street N.W." Also home, as seen here earlier, to the Square Deal Auto Exchange. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Holy Cow - another dairy sign!

I guess I've led a sheltered life or something. Seeing "Dairy Lunch" signs in at least a couple Shorpy photos and wasn't sure what it meant -- milkshakes? I did a little Internet searching and I see its use being Jewish to separate meat from dairy, more like fish, eggs and dairy products. It is also the part of many restaurant names. Anyone know more about this interesting term?

[More on the "dairy lunch" phenomenon here. - Dave]

Thanks Dave. In addition to the extra Dairy Lunch info you've provided, I also just discovered that I can add another comment below yours ... well, at least I hope so. I will find out if this comment shows up. Love this website!

Almost 100 years later


An early SCCA or IMSA gathering. The stretch of 14th (and 15th) out from Massachusetts Avenue seemed to attract auto sales emporiums. I remember them from when at SJC on Vermont Avenue back before time was invented.

As Seen on Shorpy

More on the Argo Cyclecar here and here.

A Quick Getaway

Looks like the starting lineup of the Annual Al Capone 500.

Geyer's Beer Garden

Washington Post, Oct 7, 1909.

Geyer's Palm Garden.

F.H. Geyer has done much for upper Fourteenth street in the way of palm garden amusements for summer evenings. He purchased the place from George F. Kozel, and remodeled it, making it the best equipped in this vicinity. His winter palm garden, which has just opened, is one of the fashionable resorts of the northwest. The catering is excellent, seafood a speciality, and good music is always an attraction.

Washington Post, Oct 22, 1933.

Beer Gardens of Old Capital Added Froth to Life.

On Upper Fourteenth street, just below U, was the dandy of all beer gardens — Geyer's. Out in the back yard, covered with gravel that persistently got in low shoes, a band blared away while waiters rushed to and from with seidels, steins, and schooners. Geyer's was the Mecca for young love; for the young blades of the day. It was packed and jammed nightly.

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