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Pamphlet Warehouse: 1912

Pamphlet Warehouse: 1912

Washington, D.C., 1912. "Government Printing Office -- views." Our second installment in this exciting series. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Retail Sales of government documents

are tucked away in a rather large GPO warehouse in Laurel, Maryland. Not the easiest place to find (8660 Cherry Lane). Just another of the large government (secret and otherwise) facilities in the greater Laurel area.

It's kind of spooky..

the similarity.

Boys, you won't believe me

One day almost half of all the information in those documents on your cart's top shelf will fit on what will be called a "floppy disc." I am serious.

Top men

I believe I'm familiar with this warehouse.

In 1936, the Ark of the Covenant (Yes, *the* Ark of the Covenant!) was stored by government officials here. Archaeologists and scholars, who rescued the artifact from the Nazis in the African desert, were told that it was being stored "someplace safe" and would be studied by "top men." When pressed about which people would be investigating the Ark, the Army intelligence agents simply repeated, "Top. Men."

The Ark, and the power it holds, has not been seen since.


Growing up in the 60's and 70's we were constantly peppered with television commercials about receiving government publications from Pueblo, Colorado. Heck, I still remember the zip code 81009. I wonder is this office was the predecessor to the Pueblo office? I wonder if Pueblo still sends out government pamphlets?

[They sure do. - tterrace]

No Smoking, Please

Let's see - a wooden roof, wooden beams and rafters, wooden floor, wooden shelves piled high with paper, ventilation from the sides and top. If I worked there, I'd want to see a whole lot more than one or two wooden signs pointing me toward the fire escape. I sure hope they had an early "no smoking" policy (prominently displayed on a paper-covered wooden plank, of course).

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