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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Brightwood Car Barn: 1943

Brightwood Car Barn: 1943

Washington, D.C., circa 1943. "Potomac Electric Power Co. substations. Brightwood station car barn." Photo by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Curtis Chevrolet

Capital Transit's Brightwood Barn housed up to 50 streetcars at 5929 Georgia Avenue, N.W. The building permit application for this structure was filed in May 1895. In 1942, the roster included the 1912-vintage center door car number 618 and her sister on the far right. The car in the center is an example of the 1908 Cincinnati-built PAYE (pay-as-you-enter) series. Ancient even in 1942, these cars were kept in service due to record high wartime ridership levels. Capital Transit's Brightwood Division was terminated on September 10, 1950. Until about 10 years ago, Curtis Chevrolet sold and serviced cars from this re-purposed carbarn. It was recently demolished. My parents bought a shiny new Chevy II station wagon from Curtis in 1963.


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Stunning Contrast!

Yellow filter? High contrast paper? Methinks Mr. Horydczak could have shown Ansel Adams a few tricks.

[There is no paper. This image was made from the film negative. -Dave]

 
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