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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

Crowell's Garage: 1921

Crowell's Garage: 1921

"Crowell's Garage, New York and Florida Aves." Detailed view of a Washington, D.C., service station circa 1921. View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Not much has changed

I like Tom's sign, 'The Guy who loans tools is out!' I am surprised that the design of hydrants hasn't changed at all in over 90 years! If she ain't broke, don't try to fix 'er.

Gasoline Alley

There's another gas station in the background, and in the light brick building behind, there appears to be a Gulf Oil distributor.

 
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