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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Red Scare: 1919

Red Scare: 1919

June 1919. "Palmer house after bomb explosion." The shattered facade of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer's house at 2132 R Street NW after the June 2 blast. The only casualty was anarchist Carlo Valdinoci, blown to bits when the dynamite-packed suitcase he was putting under the front steps exploded prematurely. A search by the police "revealed only fragments of the body of the dead man," the Washington Post reported. "A part of a shattered leg clothed in a red sock and a garter, and a mutilated head were picked up. Several spinal vertebrae were discovered in a front room on the second floor of the Swedish legation on the opposite side of the street." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Alternate history

Palmers neighbors (across the street at 2131 R St) were Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

So let's say that FDR had been walking along Palmer's side of the street when the bomb went off ... no New Deal ... a different U.S. response to WWII ... no concessions at Yalta ... the alternate history possibilities are endless.

J Edgar

This was depicted early in the recent film J Edgar, supposedly a key moment in the FBI Director's early career.

A preview

of Diana Oughton and crew 51 years later in a New York brownstone!

Palmer's neighbors

Palmers neighbors (across the street at 2131 R St) were Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. After the bombing, one of the Roosevelt children found a piece of the bomber on their doorstep.

And the Darwin Award for 1919 goes to --

Mr Carlo Valdinoci!

Talk about a blowhard

He'll never have the guts to do THAT again. I understand the guy is totally spineless.

A perfect example

If ever there was a perfect and practical example of the old expression 'hoist with one's own petard', this surely must be it. One heck of a petard, and by all accounts Mr. Valdinoci was very thoroughly hoisted, too.

Real Estate Bubble -- Burst!

$2.7 million is a bit of an explosive price.

Interesting Article

about the explosion.

No Internet

I see two guys just casually reading the newspaper. Were they trying to figure out what happened?

Carlo Valdinoci

Yeah, that's him all over.....

Added Value

The house is currently on the market for $2.7 million.

Rehab

I guess they fixed the place up.

 
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