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High-Class Vaudeville: 1915

High-Class Vaudeville: 1915

June 1915. Washington, D.C. "Fifteenth Street north from G Street N.W." Starring the Keith's Theater building, whose corner bar is now the address of the Old Ebbitt Grill. 8x10 inch glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

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Just a facade

The building to the right ("Keith's High Class Vaudeville") is where "the new" Old Ebbitt Grill is today. Now called Metropolitan Square, the building is a just a facade fronting a large enclosed atrium that is part of a modern office building.

Your Name In... Lights?

I would assume the individual letters of the names on the marquee above the awning would be lit with bulbs... but I can't figure out how they were wired? I can see "blanks" for example on either side of "HYAMS", so would those be removed before accepting a new letter-square? Or perhaps the letters were magnetic, and just "stuck" to the frame? I never thought about it until I saw this picture... and still can't figure out how each bulb would get electricity. Oh well. It's showbiz!


Below is the same view from April of 2010.

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