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Wood Tires: 1921

Wood Tires: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Potomac Garage -- Mr. Frederick S. Lightfoot." The Henry Wood tire and auto accessory emporium on 14th Street N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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U need it, we carry it!

Everything from tire regroovers and wrenches to luggage gates and headlight lenses. If you had a few tools and a smattering of mechanical knowledge, you could repair or rebuild an early auto in your driveway, unlike today, where you need a degree in computing skills just to tune up the family jalopy.

Almost missed him

I assume the man seen in the glass on the right must be looking on from the street....didn't see him til I looked at the full sized view.

[It's the reflection of the man standing in the doorway. - tterrace]

It shrunk.

How is it that the supposed now photo is so much smaller in scale? Then the men are mighty short by today's architectural scale. Is it the lens?

[What shrank is the door. - Dave]

A Miller 183?

According to the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Evening Star newspaper, published in Washington D.C. 1854-1972, was also known as the Star, and the Sunday Star. Two full pages of the Sunday Star appear in the shop window, and drawing on my keen sense of deduction, I conclude they have to do with race cars. In fact the bottom page appears to be representative of hundreds of photographs anyone with the even the slightest interest in champ car racing has seen: several guys standing over an exposed race car engine, admiring it, trying to figure out a problem, etc. My guess: they’re admiring a Miller 183, the engine Harry introduced in 1921.

All out of tires these days

But if you need an ATM, this is the place.

Manny, Moe & Jack

in the flesh.

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