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F Street: 1906

F Street: 1906

F Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., circa 1906. Note the Harris & Ewing photographic studio, source of many of our images here on Shorpy, at left. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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There is a 1905 Cadillac Model E Runabout for sale on-line right now! I wish my garage weren't already full.

Cable car tracks?

Either that, or there's a buried 3rd rail.

[The center slot provides access to an underground electrical conduit. -tterrace]

DC Street Names

Ice gang, the names of DC streets, and the fact that they appear in the four quadrants of the city (NW, NE, SE, SW, which has to appear in the street addresses to do any good), leads to confusion.

A lot of folks use Eye Street instead of I Street. Any local knows what they mean. And when I used to work at the corner of N Street and 24th, NW, I had to be careful when providing the shipping address to someone from out of town. They would want to use North Street or would hear "M" when I had said "N" on the phone. So we learned to have the people carefully read back what they had for our shipping address.

Horses on the way out.

The horse and buggy and carriages are still very evident but that is soon to change. We already see several cars in this view; a 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile on the left and a 1905 Cadillac Model E runabout on the right. Early automobiles had a total loss lubrication system so any oil that went into the engine by a drip system, found its way onto the ground under the car as we can see under the Cadillac. Cadillac in the early years were one cylinder cars built for the average man.

'05 Cadillac

That little car on the right appears to be a 1905 Cadillac Model E Roadster.

Am I to believe

that that the capital of the United States of America has streets actually named after the alphabet?? is there a "Q" street? how about an "I" before "E" street?

[Alas, there are no J, X, Y or Z streets. -tterrace]

Surprisingly, still there!

Considering all the new buildings in D.C. that have replaced all the swell old ones like this, a refreshing discovery!


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