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The New Nickelodeon: 1922

The New Nickelodeon: 1922

Washington circa 1922. "Coin-operated radio outside barbershop." Now's your chance to hear what all the fuss is about. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.


Building still there

The Julien H. Evans Barber Shop was located at 1794 Columbia Road.

[Note the building across the street reflected in the window is also still there. -tterrace]

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The heck with the radio, I want to know what his coat is made of. Looks like a bathrobe.

Move over Sirius

So pay radio is nothing new. I dropped my new-car Sirius account because there was no 1920s channel, my listening passion. If I can find one of these in an antique shop, my pay-to-listen '20s dream may be fulfilled. Anybody know where I can get a 12V cigarette lighter to B battery converter?

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