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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Piggly Wiggly: 1924

Piggly Wiggly: 1924

1924. Piggly Wiggly trucks in Washington, D.C., at the Christo Cola Bottling Co. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

White & Macks

The truck on the far left is a White, and it is a circa 1920 Model 20.

The other four trucks are Mack AC "Bulldogs" that look brand new (although the one on the far right has not had its lights and horn installed). ACs were available from 1916 - 1938 and the chassis were rated from 3 1/2 - 15 tons. All had four cylinder gasoline engines.

The larger radiators easily identify these ACs as being built late 1922 or after. Another feature which was introduced at the same time was a 4-speed transmission.

A total of 40,299 Mack ACs were produced from '16 - '38.

Truckin

That's one well maintained fleet.

Love the...

Love the horse-drawn wagon followed by cars! It was still a transitional period. I am addicted to this site! Thanks for the great pics.

Old Post Office

Not just the spire - the main body of the building is visible, gigantic glass skylight and all.

See http://www.oldpostofficedc.com/ for the Old Post Office as it is today. The camera is looking roughly West, the spire at the front of the building overlooks Pennsylvania Avenue with 12th Street to the far side and what would be 11th Street on its near side - but even in this photo as today, it doesn't look like 11th Street is there. The trucks are lined up along along C Street, which is also not there today.

At an educated guess, that would put the buildings in the middle distance, and maybe the cola factory, exactly where the Internal Revenue Service building is today.

Piggly Wiggly Macks

That's a lot of lettuce. I see some taters too. Great photo.

Christo Cola

Every bottle wrapped in 300 yards of pink silk!

Old Post Office

I found an address for Christo Bottling Co. at 209 Eleventh Street NW. This places it smack in the middle of what we now call Federal Triangle. Clearly visible in the background is the spire of the only remaining 19th century building in the area: the Old Post Office pavilion.

 
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