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Fender Bendee: 1921

Fender Bendee: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Potomac Sales Co., wreck." Just up the alley from P. McKeown, Horse Shoer. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

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Wow with damage like that the other car had to be going at least 10mph....

Amazing sleuthwork

Thank you, 20002ist, for the identification. I looked through the biggest collection of name badges I know of, and this wasn't one of them.

With the ID made, I can take it a little further.

The Dixie Flyer was made in Louisville, by a company that is still in business:

There is only one of these cars known to exist today, and we members of the Antique Automobile Club of America had the pleasure of watching its restoration, culminating in its debut at the 75th anniversary meet of the club, held, remarkably, in Louisville!

I own this building!

I was shocked to see this view pop up on Shorpy. I own the house at 1414 S Street NW, this structure is the carriage house that is behind the house, with the long side along Johnson Avenue.

This structure was built about 1913 as a plumbing and steamfitters workshop, according to the DC permits on file. By 1984, when I bought the property, it was a burned out shell from a fire years before. It has since been rebuilt, and still looks approximately as it is seen here.

We removed that stucco you see here, since so much had failed and fallen off, and exposed the underlying brick structure. Now that I see this view, I'm almost tempted to get the place restuccoed again. One of these days, we'll get that doorway opened up again -- the fire-charred frame is still there behind the bricks!

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Paradigm Shift

Mr. McKeown had better start branching out, those horseless carriages might just catch on!

Runabout whereabouts

This appears to be on Johnson Ave NW, between R & S Streets. Patrick McKeown is listed in the 1909 city directory as having his horseshoeing premises at the rear of 1404 S NW. The buildings in the photo conform to those shown in the 1921 Baist atlas. (I've added a red diamond showing the location of the car, and a purple oval showing McKeown's shop.)

Note the garage immediately to the south of the alley down which our photographer was looking. I speculate that Potomac Sales, which had a showroom at 1127 14th, sent this banged-up auto there for repair or storage.

The car itself appears to be a Dixie Flyer. The grille badge certainly matches the logo shown in the 4/16/22 Star ad below.

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