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Takoma Hall: 1922

Takoma Hall: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Masonic Temple -- Takoma Park." Takoma Hall, home to Takoma Lodge No. 29. Neighbors include Ben the Jeweler and J.B. Simpson, Grocer. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.


car ID

The 5 angled hood louvres and cowl vent indicate a 1921 Lorraine.


It's Always 10:10 at Bens.

Learn More About It!

A nice write-up about the history of Takoma Hall can be found here.

Masterful poetry

I'll presume the photographer a genius for capturing a brick building almost half-gutted by fire while framing the letters "WAR" in the rear window of the automobile. Or, uhh, he was lucky and any significance was lost on him. Or, I'm reading too much into dark seemingly glass-free windowpanes and well-groomed debris outside.

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