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Coal Delivery: 1924

Coal Delivery: 1924

1924. "Ford Motor Co. (L.P. Steuart & Bro.)." Our third entry in National Photo's Fords-in-Washington series -- a coal delivery truck at the L.P. Steuart depot, 138 12th Street NE. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

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This very property has been the subject of a zoning battle in the past two years over whether it can be used for a charter school. Before that it appears possibly to have been used by the Knights of St. Johns. The rest of the neighborhood is largely rowhouses; I can't imagine they were happy to have all that coal around.

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This looks like a miniature re-creation for a diorama, only the man in the truck pulls it back to reality. Of course this place is probably unrecognizable in modern DC, even with all that brickwork.


The solid front tires on the delivery truck have been revisited in the Tweel:

Just goes to show you that there were some forward thinkers even in 1924!

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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