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Gifts of the Magi: 1928

Gifts of the Magi: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Beckers Leather Goods. Display." For the femme fatale in your life, snakeskin luggage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Becker's was directly across the street from the Harris & Ewing studio. I won't say their photographers were lazy, but an impressive percentage of their street-scene & other non-portrait photos were taken on or near this block.

I Spy a Secret.

... assassin's toolkit for a spy.

Some of those implements might be for a female Bond, Jane Bond.

Attention to detail

Classic Art Deco, mother-of-pearl vanity set accessories included in the bag on the left, simpler design in the basic grooming set in the reptilian bag on the right and a travel alarm clock with its own case in the middle. Good thing one does not need to lug all that stuff with them these days, when just one suitcase costs at least $25 extra each way.


Becker's still has stores at the Montgomery and Lakeforest Malls.

From Tires to Trunks

Becker's Leather Goods store was at 1314 F Street NW. The company was founded by Conrad Becker, who died in 1922.

It seems they sold more than luggage as shown in this 1917 advert:

It seems that the building was knocked down in the early '80s.

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