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1917. "Walter Camp exercise school. Cabinet officials exercising with other government officials." This seems to have been a manifestation of the "defense league" movement led by former Yale footballer Walter Camp. Anyone up for some miniature base(ket)ball? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
October 1917. Washington, D.C. "Knickerbocker Theatre." Harry Crandall's new Knickerbocker cinema at Columbia Road and 18th Street N.W. opened on October 13, 1917, with the historical drama "Betsy Ross," and an appearance by its star, Alice Brady. Less than five years later, 98 moviegoers were killed here when the roof caved in under an accumulation of snow during a blizzard. View full size.
1917. "American Red Cross sanitary railroad car." The "sanitary trains" of World War I played a major role in the delivery of relief supplies and medical care to Allied prisoners in Europe, as well as their repatriation after the Armistice. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.