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Lotos Lantern: 1922

Lotos Lantern: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Lotos Lantern." Miss Steger's tea house at 731 13th Street. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Special Attention to Motorists

Don't know the answer to jwp's question but below is the advertisement for Lotos Lantern Tea House in the 1923 edition of the Automobile Blue Book.

Previous Shorpy post, The Lotos Lantern: 1916, shows this building from another angle as well as the prior, much smaller, location of the tea house around the corner.

[Note to Dave: 13th 17th street.]

Original automobile "blue book"

The "Automobile Blue Book" sign on the corner of the building brings up a very dim memory of seeing these (and maybe actively looking for them?) when I was a kid. Does anyone know when that publication finally ceased? A great many of them are online at Google Books for free - fascinating reading - but I couldn't find their history with anything I searched for.

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