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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Traffic Control: 1931

Traffic Control: 1931

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Fifteenth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." Note the traffic lights, which made their D.C. debut in 1926, as well as the traffic-cop gazebo at center ("NO LEFT TURN") and streetcar switch tower to its left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Right on the money

The American Security Bank building was just visible--in more or less this same angle--on the back of the old US $10 bill, behind the Treasury building. In fact, the bank used the slogan "Right on the money" in their advertising. The car on the bill was apparently a 1926 Hupmobile, which could well have been on the road in the photo.

The view today

The American Security bank is now a Bank of America. Wouldn't you know?

What would

the (apparently) eight-sided structure across the street on the corner have been?

[Perhaps that information is in the photo caption. - Dave]

 
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