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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.

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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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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