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Vintage photos of:
Jan. 26, 1937. "Fort Belvoir troops proceed to flood area. Company B of the 5th Regiment of Engineers, stationed at this Virginia post a short distance from the Capitol, mobilized complete campaign equipment today and prepared to entrain immediately for the devastated flood area near Louisville, Kentucky. One of the boats to be used is shown being put aboard a railcar." View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Star Parking Plaza, 10th and E Streets N.W." This Motor Age landmark with Art Deco touches was erected by the publisher of the Washington Evening Star. The clock tower of the Old Post Office, soon to be the Trump Hotel D.C., rises at rear. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.
Washington, D.C., 1924. "The latest in electric baseball scoreboards. George Coleman, inventor, is shown with the mechanism of the new scoreboard." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
A backstage view of Washington, D.C., inventor George Coleman's "Lifelike Baseball Scoreboard" (seen earlier here and here), which was set up in movie theaters to "broadcast" the home team's away games. "It contains 19,000 feet of wire and has 400 stereopticon slides with an electric light bulb for each slide. Five men are required to operate the great board, including the telegraph operator who receives play-by-play from the field."