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Early Raleigh: 1908

Early Raleigh: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "The Raleigh." What was originally the Shepherd Centennial Building, at the corner of 12th Street N.W. and Pennsylvania Avenue, now serving as a hotel, along with a newer and much larger annex just to the north. In 1911 the Shepherd building would be razed and replaced with an expansion of the annex, resulting in the megahotel that survived until 1964. (Next door: the studio of M. Kets Kemethy, Photographer.) View full size.

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Oyster Alley

Just north of the annex sit the buildings seen to better advantage in this circa-1922 Shorpy image.

Even in 1908, oysters were a focal point of business along this stretch, as evidenced by the city directory for that year.

Kudos to the paperboy

for having such well polished boots. It does look like that he's about to drop his paper bundle though, perhaps distracted by the photographer. It won't be too long until stopping in the middle of the street to light a cigar would probably have fatal consequences for the gentleman on the right.

The car in the street.

The car is an early Maxwell - could be as early as 1905.

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.

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