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The Lonely Alley: 1923

The Lonely Alley: 1923

Another 1923 view of back-alley Washington, D.C., from an unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate. Who goes there, aside from the birds? View full size.

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Krazy Kat Club at the left!

This is the same alley as this picture of the Krazy Kat Club. Here's another from a similar angle.

Could also be

- the alley behind St. Margaret's Church on the west side of the 1800 block on Connecticut Ave., NW. The next time I'm down there, I'll look for any remaining landmarks.

Who goes there?

Milk Man
Coal Man
Ice Man
Boogey Man

[And horses. Note slitlike apertures to the right. -Dave]

Fancy Lamp

It is only an alley, but note the fancy streetlight. Could that be a gaslight?

[Yes. -Dave]

Must be

The alley next to Saint Matthew's Cathedral, looking north toward N Street.

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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