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Your Tire Man: 1919

Your Tire Man: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Times property, Vermont Avenue and L Street." The store of tire dealer Lawton G. Herriman, vacated for spiffier quarters nearby. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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"Butch, you know that if it were my tires, there is nobody that I would rather have steal it than you. But, you see, I am still in the employment of L.G. Harriman of Harriman's Good Year Tires!"


The circular patch in front survives, now the home of a modern sculpture in front of Au Bon Pain.

Zoning laws

Such a commercial establishment seems to detract from the residential character of the neighborhood. It appears the apparatus to the left of the photo was used to change tires. Goodyear Service Centers have come a distance from this setup.


My brother jokes that the tires are well named. Good for a year.

Mr. Herriman

I believe I spotted Mr. Herriman The Tire Man peering through the glass just below the "Carburetors" window.


The process of making your ears pointy.


I work for Goodyear in the Fayetteville, NC, plant where we have 50 acres INDOORS. It is the world's largest tire plant and one of four Goodyear plants in North America. We make 38,000 tires each day and run 24/7 even with this economy. We are even expanding.


I hope in the intervening 92 years the source of the significant wood damage was discovered and eradicated before the display window collapsed into the street!

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