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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

Peoples Drug No. 2: 1921

Peoples Drug No. 2: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "People's Drug Store, 7th and E Sts." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Lions and Sashes Survived!

Careful examination of the building (from another angle) shows the continued vitality of those lion faces and stone "sashes":

Insurance man

The man in the third floor window of the Washington Insurance Agency appears as if he is looking right down at the person taking this photo. I like the looks of the old building so much better.

Moneyball

Devoting a full window to cigars shows where the profits are.

Shorpy Detective Agency

Pre air conditioning, awnings were a key method of temperature control. They're also a good way of identifying south-facing sides of buildings for Shorpy Detective Agency operatives.

Dick Tracy villains

Two Face and the One Legged Blur!

Security Chain

This might be the first time I can remember seeing a bicycle chained to something in these early Shorpy photographs! Must be a bad neighborhood?

Like the Cheese Shop sketch

The display windows of People's Drug Store No. 2 are certainly uncontaminated by drugs.

All grown up now

Still there at 7th and E, but taller.

[Must be all those vitamins. - Dave]


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Ubiquitous Awnings

Awning sales and service must have been big business back then.

 
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