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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Young Men's Shop: 1921

Young Men's Shop: 1921

The Young Men's Shop in Washington, D.C., 1921. "We give you FREE a two-dollar bill with every pair of shoes." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Young Men's Shop

Washington Post, Aug 11, 1921: Advertisement

The Young Men's Shop

1319-1321 F Street
A $2 Bill Given With Every Pair Of Shoes Bought Here Today!
"The Sensation of Washington"
Just our way of stirring up a little excitement
now that "The Griffs'" winning streak has been broken.

What car?

Can anyone identify the car on the right?

What's the ruckus

Something seems to be causing a commotion. If I'm not mistaken, the window says "We give you FREE - A two dollar bill with every pair of shoes"? Maybe they're just killing time until the streetcar shows up.

And is that a policeman or military officer walking out, with the baggy trousers? I love this scene.

 
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