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

Glad Tidings: 1920

Glad Tidings: 1920

"Gospel Mission, Georgetown Sunday school group, circa 1920." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Model T

The smaller Model T Ford to the left is an early version with a brass radiator shell. And she doesn't look too happy with that load on her as the right side of the hood is open and could use some air in the tires.

The larger truck is a Model TT Ford, a little newer with a stamped sheet metal radiator shell. And built to be a heavy duty truck with a longer frame and solid rubber rear tires.

Tha nks for these great pictures!

Sardines

They didn't need no stinkin' jack, they had all those kids!

15 cent meals

This photo is the southeast corner of 30th and M in Georgetown - now one of the swankiest strips in Washington. I believe this building still stands. John Marshall Place no longer appears on D.C. maps. It seems to have been a side street where the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse is now located.


Washington Post May 18, 1919

Meals at 15 Cents in Gospel Mission

Average price per meal, 15 cents. One might think this is the wording of some utopian signboard. But here's the truth of it:

Right here in Washington, where in a restaurant a dollar vanishes like thin air, the Gospel Mission, 214-216 John Marshall place, has put Old Man H.C of L. [High Cost of Living] to rout by serving 15-cent meals. Not only this, but according to Herbert W. Kline, superintendent of the mission, 5,878 free meals were served this year.

But the Gospel Mission does not specialize in meals alone. From the report of Superintendent Kline 36,211 persons attended services held by the mission and 427 professed conversion. More than 1,000 requests were made for prayer. Forty-four jail services were held, 58 families sheltered and 1,400 babies treated at the diet kitchen.

During the past year the mission has greatly enlarged the scope of its work. Two gospel services are conducted every night, one in John Marshall Place and the other at the Georgetown Branch, Thirtieth and M streets. A Chinese Sunday school also is in operation.

The thirteenth anniversary of the mission is celebrated today.

Sardines

This reminds me of the old school bus from the weirdo baptist church in Washington, Iowa, that collected kids in neighboring towns. The wire on the sides of that truck—and their destination—sure says “paddy wagon” to me.

And I bet they had a well–used jack in that tool box.

 
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