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The People's Favorite: 1917

The People's Favorite: 1917

March 1917. Washington, D.C. "Cosmos Theater, Pennsylvania Avenue. Inauguration Week bill." The home of "Refined Vaudeville," with Woodrow Wilson over the marquee. 8x10 inch glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

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921 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Built 1907; Closed late 1920s; demolished (diagonally across from National Archives)

The Cosmos Bill

Here is the Cosmos program for Inauguration Week, as reported in the Washington Herald on March 4th, 1917, the day before the ceremony and parade.

Those were the days

Not many places left today that "cater to their patrons" but instead we hear the "buyer beware" mantra continually. Also the sign says "Show never stops" (until closing). Isn't that a little deceptive, since it does stop when they close.

The Reason for the March Date

Until 1937 Inaugurations were always held on March 4, unless it was a Sunday. From 1937 on the date has been our traditional January 20 (unless it's a Sunday, in which case the Inauguration is in the White House followed by a public ceremony the next day, the 21st).

Highest priced bill of the year

Funny, if a doctor or plumber advertised that you'd go elsewhere.

Last seen here

with the "Wonder Dog" Gyp.

SHORPY HISTORICAL 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.

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