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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Washington à Go-Go: 1913

Washington à Go-Go: 1913

1913. "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 -- the car is far too sleek to be a 1913 model.

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.

1915 Go-go

The Library of Congress caption is in error. 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.

Not a 1913

I agree with a poster in the comments on the prior appearance of this car. It is at least a 1915 model, possibly a little later. It was very advanced styling for 1915. In general, it looks more like the cars of 1918.

1913 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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