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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

What to Get the Boy: 1922

What to Get the Boy: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Sport Mart, 1303 F Street N.W." A holiday window display last seen here, seven years ago. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
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Homer Building

That's the Homer Building at far right, on 13th Street NW. Interesting building at far left, presumably 1307 F Street. Aside from the out-of-business Grafonola store on the ground floor, the building bears the name -- just below the second floor, of "Prince, Fotographer" - from what I can figure a photographer named Prince who tried to be unique in spelling his profession. Maybe he also ran the Quality Shop selling Kodaks.

1921 Dixie Flyer Lineup

Good call, Peter Digby!

Graphophone

The attached Grafonola print ad from the early 20th Century also mentions something called a Graphophone. That device created in Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratories in the 1880s was music player that could play both 78RPM records and the earlier Thomas Edison's wax cylinders. Sort of like the VHS/DVD players that will soon be antiques as well.

[A Grafonola had an internal folded horn; a Graphophone had an external horn. -tterrace]

Grounded Flyer

The unidentified car third from left may be a Dixie Flyer.

Center Door T

Love that center door Model T. This shot really gives some perspective to the difference between the T and more upmarket models.

Nice ID job DBerry53, only one I got was the T!

AT&T Long Lines, Washington #1

AT&T Long Lines, Washington #1

Maybe AT&T Long Lines, Washington #1/2 is more accurate.

Looking North, over the top of Leggit Drug are the top two floors, penthouse and flag pole of AT&T Long Lines, Washington #1, also known as C & P Telephone's "Downtown Toll" office ("Downtown" is behind it at 722 12th Street NW) Today it is WASHDCDT. 735 13th Street NW

The 1922 building is only half of todays. The window pattern across the 13th Street front (single- double - double - double - single) is the right half of todays.

In the 1970s the third floor Telegraph Department and the Fourth Floor Toll Frame (still had capped gas lines (to heat soldering irons, long since electric) within it. Both were very busy places in 1975 as when this picture was taken..

Great photo

So rich in interesting details.

Okay, I'll bite

What's a Grafonola?

[A talking machine made by the Columbia Phonograph Co. -tterrace]

What is that car just right of center?

The one on the left appears to be a 1923 Cadillac Series 63 Coupe, behind it a Model T with an interesting blanket over the hood, and the one on the right is a Packard, but what is that car between the Model T and the Packard?

Old to New

Here is a look at the Google Maps link to the same location today. https://goo.gl/maps/sEyfsUiuJ622

 
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