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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

I'm a Wreck: 1923

I'm a Wreck: 1923

"Auto Wreck, 1923." Another Washington, D.C., vehicular mishap, this time at the Library of Congress. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Spandy-new Chevy

That old japanned enamel didn't stay that fresh looking for long, that car was showroom new less than a year before and it was probably totaled. It looks like it was T-boned on the passenger side, even if the kid in the passenger seat is holding the door open a bit the door pillar behind him is seriously out of line which means involved carpentry work to repair it, that body is all oak, ash and maple with a thin sheath of sheet metal.

It's the Library of Congress

It's perhaps the most elegant public building in Washington -- the original building of the Library of Congress, now known as the Jefferson Building. The photo shows the east side of the building, when viewed from the south, which means that the accident took place at the corner of Independence, Pennsylvania, and 2nd Street NE.

[Indeed it is! You'd think I would know that, seeing as how it is the mother of all things Shorpy. Thank you. Photo below shows the west front. - Dave]

Archives?

That building looks very familiar but I can't just place it. Is it what is now the National Archives? I haven't been to DC in some time.

[It's similar in style to the wings of the Capitol. But not an exact match as far as I can tell. I've looked at about 3,000 photos of Washington buildings today (including the Old Post Office, National Archives and Treasury Building, among the guesses below) but no luck so far. - Dave]

Treasury Building?

I believe it's the Treasury Building

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ustreasur.JPG

Old Post Office?

Thinking maybe that is the SW corner of the old post office - now the postal museum - if it is...then the corner depicted now houses the Capital Grill and is adjacent to Union Station of earlier Shorpy fame.

Goober Pea

National Archives?

It looks a lot like the National Archives...

Not Sure About the Building

But I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the car is a Chevy.

 
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