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Spheres of Influence: 1928

Spheres of Influence: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Library for Blind, B Street S.E." Another of those photos where the points of greatest interest are at the periphery -- the Sanitary Barber ("Ladies Hair Bobbing a Specialty") at left, and Hall-Kerr Motors, a Hudson dealer, on the right. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Remnant of the past

I'm guessing the chunk of stone beside the steps at 133 is a mounting block that was once at the curb in front of the entrance. It would no longer have been needed when carriages were replaced by automobiles since the latter came equipped with their own mounting blocks in the form of running boards.

Speaking of Spheres

Does anybody know when DC switched from spherical streetlight globes to today's distinctive shape? And why? It must have been an expensive changeover.

133 B

This entire block was razed in the 1960s for expansion of the Library of Congress.


Washington Post, July 29, 1928.

Former branch office of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. at 133 B Street southeast … has been sold for the insurance organization to the National Library of the Blind Holding Corporation through the office of Weaver Bros.

Typical D.C.

The Library is closed and for sale. Very nice façade though.

 
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