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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Washington à Go-Go: 1917

Washington à Go-Go: 1917

1917. "District of Columbia -- traffic Stop & Go signs." From the birthplace of that musical genre, perhaps the earliest visual representation of "go-go." Raleigh Hotel in the background. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Same architect.

I understand FloridaClay's confusion. Both hotels were designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh who apparently liked the style. The Willard is a decade older and a floor shorter than the Raleigh.

Haynes

This is actually a 1917 or 1918 Haynes Light Twelve Cloverleaf Roadster.

License and registration, please

As seen from a different angle, this car has license number 41441. According to the Sept. 17, 1916 Sunday Star, that tag was issued in early September 1916 to the Haynes Motor Company for use on a demonstration vehicle.

Test-Test

The Evening Star reports on the go-go experiment in October 1915 and its implementation in November of the same year.

That hotel

I believe the hotel in the background is the famous Willard Hotel, not the Raleigh. It still stands.

[It's the Raleigh. -tterrace]

Newspaper Row, ctd.

And don't forget the Evening Star, in the background.

Haynes Roadster

The Haynes was manufactured in Kokomo, Indiana, from 1905 until 1924 by Elwood Haynes and brothers Edgar and Elmer Apperson. Before that, they produced the Haynes-Apperson from 1896 as the first automobile manufacturer in Indiana and one of the earliest in the United States.

Another pic of the same car is here.

Newspaper Row

Foreground is the 1300 block of Pa. Ave NW. Visible at top left is the Washington Post building (1339 E St.) and the Munsey Trust Building (1327-29 E St., housing the Washington Times), seen previously on Shorpy here and here.

One fine motor car

I sure hope one of our eagle-eyed regulars can ID that auto!

 
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