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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Seaton Garage: 1919

Seaton Garage: 1919

Washington, D.C. "Seaton Garage and Supply House, interior. 1919 or 1920." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Beautiful!

That's the most ornate and beautiful auto parts store I've ever seen. Love the tin ceiling! But if it was a house then what's with the big steel pole support in the center of the room? Dave, did you ever post the picture of the exterior of the house?

[If you took out a load-bearing wall, you'd need the pole. - Dave]

Good point.

This photo is amazing

I love the detail, there is so much information in this picture! You can almost step into it. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Repair shop hottie

Can you blow up the poster on the wall behind the ladder? Looks vaguely female but what on earth is she holding, her spare glider wing?

[A bumper. - Dave]

House of Parts

I love the same stuff everyone else mentioned, but I wonder if this store was originally a private home? Look at the bookcases and the "tower room" entry. Although the dispay windows mitigate against my theory, they might have been modifications to a domestic structure upon conversion.

[It was a house. I have a shot of the exterior that I'll post soon. - Dave]

Ceiling lights

Those ginormous bulbs look like they could light a stadium !

Honk.

The two horns in the display case look like they would compete with a train.

Tin Ceilings

You can still get those ceiling panels. The panels are about two feet by two feet, and price seems to depend on whether you want bare tin, clear coated metal, painted, or copper panels. They're popular with people who want to replace or repair an existing ceiling or who want to replicate the look of a Victorian or Edwardian structure. In this case they're probably applied right over the ceiling joists.

Gearhead heaven

I want to step into the picture, pore over the cool stuff in the display cases, and buy one of these Fisk inner tubes, just because...

Look at that ceiling

They don't build them like that anymore, do they. Tin tiles?

Decor

Love the tin ceiling. And the tire chain window treatment.

 
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