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Ice Shack Alley: 1923

Ice Shack Alley: 1923

"City rowhouses, 1923." The latest stop on our back-alley tour of Washington, D.C., in a neighborhood convenient to ice. Harris & Ewing negative. View full size.


Uh Oh! She sees me

Oh, I see a plot all right; it looks like the gent in the photo (holding a liquor bottle, perhaps), has been spotted by his angry spouse (hence the stick), and is trying to decide whether to tough it out or cut and run.

Plot Elements

A lady with a stick, a man at middle distance, and that ice sign -- what might Berthold Brecht do with those?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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