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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES, 1930s

Swamp Dwellers: 1939

Swamp Dwellers: 1939

July 1939. Washington, D.C. "Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W." Photo by David Moffat Myers for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
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Remembrance, indeed

We've seen this corner before. The low building at center here occupies the former home of the National Remembrance Shop ("Ask Mr. Foster"), seen in this 1924 photo.

I once was lost, but now am found

It took me a while to figure out exactly where this picture was taken but finally got it. The grassy area in the foreground is now Pershing Park. Across the street is the corner of the Willard Hotel . Looking further up 14th Street and on the right hand side is the National Press Building. The street entering from the right, in front of Whelans Drugs, is E Street. Freedom Plaza is now located between E and Pennsylvania. Wish I knew what the stone fronted building was on the right side of the picture. Last I knew there was a multi-story parking garage there.

[That's the old Washington Post building at 1339 E Street. Also seen here. - Dave] Thank you Dave. You and tterrace never fail to amaze me with the scope of your information.

I count 9 Windows

Can someone please explain how that term came to be? I see the windshield is cut in 2, you have 2 smokers glass, 2 roll ups, 2 deco-views, and the 1 rear glass panel = 5? I love the car, but maybe I don't understand the criteria.

[Windshield isn't counted; side windows are the full openings separated by body pillars, whether or not there are vents in addition to the roll-ups. So this car has 4 side windows and one rear window (aka “backlight”). -tterrace]

Civil Engineering

The rule for sidewalks in grassy areas is leave them out and put them in later where the grass shows people are taking shortcuts.

To kill for today.

That 1937 Chevrolet 5 window coupe at the lower left is a favorite among antique auto buffs today.

 
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