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

Cottage for Sale: 1920

Cottage for Sale: 1920

"Washington Times. 6929 Ninth Street," circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Fast-forward to 6929 today.

 

Surprised

Was browsing the web for images to use in a project of mine an found this. Thought "That looks like where I live." It almost is! I live at 6930, across the street. How surprising to find this! Always looking for history about my house. This is wonderfully close!

Tree-mendous

I have seen these same stockade-like protective structures in many other photos. Being in the landscape business, I am quite curious about their function. I originally thought they were to keep horses from damaging the bark, but this would not likely be an issue in 1920. Any ideas, anyone? Dave?

[There were still plenty of nibbling urban horses out there (mostly pulling milk wagons) in the 1920s. - Dave]

6929 Today

The Alley Out Back

But look at the size of the back yards (see first comment)! I like that design so much, with the alley running behind houses.

Nothing new under the sun

I swear that looks like the house that just went up around the corner. Personally I like a bit more yard.

Fortified Sapling

They weren't taking any chances with that young tree, were they?

Ninth Street Trees

I don't think those are anywhere close to being 88 year old trees along Ninth Street today.

The Current Market

Tree

Nice to see that tree planted on the right of the sidewalk going to the porch is still there.

6929 Today

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