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War Risk: 1923

War Risk: 1923

        The Bureau of War Risk Insurance, a World War I agency that over the past century morphed into the Department of Veterans Affairs, which still occupies this building. Plus ça change ...

Washington, D.C., 1923. "War Risk Bureau, Vermont Avenue and I Street N.W." 8x10 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

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What's the story with the front automobile having black headlamp reflectors? Wouldn't that limit one to travel during daylight hours only? I'm sure I'm missing something here.

[What's missing are two headlights. - Dave]


I love how the top looks larger than the bottom, and the corener looms over us due to the lens used. Makes it obvious why cartoons are showing oddly shaped buildings to imitate perspective!

And, is that "crack team" any more intelligent than the minimum wage idiots with TSA?

[I bet they know how to spell "coroner." - Dave]

Getting inside isn't easy

Last month I attended a meeting at 801 Vermont Ave NW. The entrance is on the left under the mock columns and once inside the unwary visitor discovers an area about 8x10 feet devoted to security screening conducted by a team of crack contract employees. The space is too small for the number of visitors trying to enter and the crack contract employees are not very helpful. Not surprisingly, this entrance has a well known poor reputation. At 8 a.m. there is always a line of folks on the sidewalk.

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