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Sparkling Ale: 1917

Sparkling Ale: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Union Station." In the distance, a glimpse of a long-vanished Capitol Hill landmark, the Washington Brewery smokestack advertising SPARKLING ALE. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Temporary housing on Columbus Circle plaza

That building on the right is one of several temporary dormitories built for women workers during WWI. It's a parking lot for Hill staff today.

Here's a view of them from a different angle (looking south toward the Capitol).

Which way did he go Doc?

All roads appear to be omnidirectional -- drive any way your heart desires. Yes?

Two different Pulpit things.

The one in the foreground of this photo isn't the same one seen in this Shorpy Post:

The other one (which is featured in the video posted in the comments) is just visible behind the trolley in the background.

Building at bottom right

What is that build on the lower right where the Dubliner now lives?

That Classy Car

Appears to be a 1915 Dodge Brothers Roadster with a "Rex" winter top.

That classy car

looks like a 1917 Six-51 Coupe.

RE: What is the pulpit thing?

The trolley switch tower was identified in this earlier Shorpy post.

Name that classy car!

What is this model? It is quite a nice looking auromobile:


Horses still in the mix.

Washington Brewery's waning days

The brewery was doomed by this time and would be out of business within two years. Perhaps Shorpy saw this recent post about the brewery's beer garden. (Thanks!)

What is the pulpit thing?

It does not seem accessible, nor well-placed for directing traffic.

The vista of Union Station is one I've never seen before. Very interesting.

If ancient Rome had needed a railroad station... would have looked something like this. Union Station is befitting the national capital of an important country.

The exterior looks much the same nearly a century later. The interior has been tastefully rescued from the destruction of the National Visitors Center project of the 1970's.

In my running days, I brought some commuter jobs in here as well as a freight turn, which delivered lots of paper to the nearby government printing plant.

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