SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content

Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Star Parking: 1940

Star Parking: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Star Parking Plaza, 10th and E Streets N.W." This Motor Age landmark with Art Deco touches was erected by the publisher of the Washington Evening Star. The clock tower of the Old Post Office, soon to be the Trump Hotel D.C., rises at rear. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!


This isn't the site of either the FBI Building or the Hard Rock Cafe. It's the southwest corner of 10th & E, as seen looking southwest. Note the Old Post Office and Evening Star buildings in the background.

You can see an aerial view of what was on the site circa 1922 in an earlier Shorpy post,

J Edgar Hoover FBI building

The corner in question is now the back side of the J Edgar Hoover FBI headquarters building.

Re: From parking garage to Hard Rock

Correct intersection, but rather than being located where the parking garage was, the Hard Rock is located in the building from where the photograph was taken (it was the Potomac Electric Power Company building at the time).

D2 bus

I notice the D2 bus is on its way to Trinidad. When DC's city buses were put under government ownership many years later, the new organization kept the old systems' numbering schemes. Today the D2 still exists, although now it's the Glover Park-Dupont Circle Line.


The street scene in this image is so clean and pristine, especially the smaller version, that it looks like a play set of miniatures.

From parking garage to Hard Rock

Now the location of an office building that includes a Hard Rock Cafe.

It took a while

Well I have finally worked through backwards and forwards all photos and posters in this blog, including all comments, good, bad and ugly. My reward? A picture that reminds me of the art deco bus station still standing and well preserved in Huntington, WV. This has been quit a treat working through all of this material, though it has taken quit a while. Your work is amazing, and besides being profitable for you I hope it has been a labor of love over these years. I hope the new LOC director's policies make your job easier and more enjoyable. To all who have made possible a big thank you. No I don't want to return to the "good old days", I am too much of a realist.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.