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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Dodge Screenside: 1920

Dodge Screenside: 1920

Washington, D.C., ca. 1920. "Semmes Motor Co. -- Dodge Bros. truck." At the Sanitary Grocery. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

7th and Pennsylvania Southeast

George Gill's paint store was at 640-642 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E. There were dozens of Sanitary Grocery locations including one on the corner at Seventh and Pennsylvania S.E. The building is gone but the angle of the corner and the presence of a median appears to match.


Washington Post, April 13, 1919.
Geo. R. Gill
Paints, Oils, Glass
Painters Supplies
Orders Taken by Phone
Goods Delivered Anywhere
640-42 Pa. Ave. SE.
Phone Lincoln 2649


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Mr. Gill

Must have only sold house paint. He apparently did not carry automotive paint.

Obligatory car spotter response

Slide that date up a tad -- the coupe visible past the Dodge's windshield is a 1926 Ford.

 
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