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Capitol Towel: 1928

Capitol Towel: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Cap Towel Service truck." Linens for milady. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Make of truck

Chevrolet one ton circa 1927.

That's my cabinet!

For about 40 years, I've owned a cabinet identical to the one on the side of the truck. It has a Capitol Towel Service decal on it. Apparently, they supplied the cabinets as part of the service.

Dirty Politics

Another failed attempt to clean up Washington.

Will Build to Suit

The sign painted on the fence is essentially the same real estate development advertising sign we see today. Note: The lot size of 34 by 90!

Peace Corps Towel Service

This address, 1111 20th St. NW is now the home of the Peace Corps. Oh, and they have replaced this modest structure.

Tires and Lighting

This classic truck is running on GOODRICH HEAVY DUTY SILVERTOWN tires. Any idea what make the truck is? The telephone number is FRanklin 5406 -- had Washington changed to dial telephones by 1928? And finally, the gas street light has a mantle, so it would have been fairly bright. When did Washington get electric street lights?

[The use of telephone exchange names doesn't really have anything to do with dial service. -Dave]

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