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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Ask Mr. Foster: 1924

Ask Mr. Foster: 1924

"Foster & Reynolds, exterior." The National Remembrance Shop in Washington circa 1924. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

National Remembrance Shop

I have just bought a jug here in the UK. 9.5 inches tall, Treacle Brown Glazed, with a print of the White House on one side and the Congressional Library on the other. On the bottom it is marked "National Remembrance Shop Washington DC." It looks very like the jug in the window. Far left above the second plate from the left behind the two tankards. More pics here.

Ask Mr. Foster

Ward G. Foster started the "Ask Mr. Foster" travel agency in St. Augustine, Florida in 1888. The store was part of a building recently restored as the Casa Monica Hotel.

If anyone has a copy of the 1937 publication of "Ask Mr. Foster" by Charles B. Reynolds. Please contact
gary@adlibtours.com

How Could I Miss It?

I didn't get to Illegible on my trip to the US! Bummin' looks like a fine town.

That hill!

Ha! I was going to guess 14th Street, because you just don't see streets slope that way too many places in downtown Washington.

Reynolds' Standard Guide

Washington Post, Nov 11, 1940; obituary

Charles Bingham Reynolds, editor of a sightseeing guide of Washington and brother of Burnet Reynolds of 1411 Crittenden Street Northwest, died yesterday at his home in Mountain Lakes, N.J., at the age of 84.

Mr. Reynolds was one of the founders of the B.S. Reynolds Co. here, a wholesale souvenir and postcard company. He was editor of Forest and Stream from 1879 to 1906. He was the author of a number of travel guides including "Old St. Augustine, a Story of Three Centuries" and "Standard Guide to Cuba." He founded the Foster and Reynolds Travel Service more than 50 years ago, and served as secretary and treasurer.

Standard Guide of Washington at Google Books

On the Sill

In the left window, there are five publications, one with the Statue of Liberty on the cover. Are these atlases, maps, or travel magazines?

[Travel guides ("Standard Guides") to Washington, Boston, New York, Chicago and Illegible. - Dave]

Pre-Google

Ask Jeeves' great-granddad.

National Remembrance Shop

The following appears as an advertisement in the Washington Post in 1915:
Remembrances of Washington that are attractive yet inexpensive. National Remembrance Shop,14th St. and Pa. Ave.

Ask Mr. Ego

I want to ask Mr. Foster how he got to be such a Mr. Knowitall.

Wallace Nutting

A number of the framed images in the window were made by Wallace Nutting, a Congregational Minister turned photographer and entrepreur. In particular, the images in the top of the central window appear to be very similar to "A Plate of Cookies - Studio #67" by Nutting.

http://www.wallacenuttinglibrary.com/wnp00067.htm

A.M.F. Count

I come up with 10 readable Ask Mr. Fosters.

Question for Mr. Foster

Who was the ever enigmatic Edwards boy who appears in numerous photos around Washington DC?

Mr. Foster's Shop

Washington Post, Apr 17, 1922; advertisement

Every one visiting Washington wishes to take away something as a remembrance of the visit to the Nation's Capitol or as a gift for friends at home. It is the aim of the National Remembrance Shop to supply such things in souvenirs that shall have some artistic merit.

Our wares are of gold, silver, wood, china, leather. There are picture books of views of Washington, and all sorts of things suitable as gifts. Many of these things cannot be had elsewhere. We mean that the prices shall be reasonable, the goods well and servicable, and pleasing to the eye: even the most inexpensive articles (and there are many such) being of a character to appeal to persons of cultivated taste.

National Remembrance Shop
(Mr. Foster's Shop)
503 14th St., One Door from Pennsylvania Ave.
Opposite Willard Hotel

Count the Times

We could almost make a game of how many times the phrase "Ask Mr. Foster" appears in this shot.

 
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