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Stop and Go: 1928

Stop and Go: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Hedges & Middleton. Sullivan & Helan Co." Service station at Sixth Street and Rhode Island Avenue N.W. Note the traffic light with bottom lens labeled "GO." View full size. National Photo Co. glass negative.


Rhode Island at Sixth

Hasn't changed much. Click below to zoom.

Traffic Signal

FWIW, that is a Crouse Hinds TSV-11 'porthole' signal. The other indications would have been Red-STOP, Yellow-CAUTION and of course Green-GO.

Buffet Style

I see signage for 3 different gasoline brands, Sinclair, Esso (now Exxon) and Texaco. Even at 25 cents a gallon, they gave you a choice. I assume that today's gasoline vendors have to sign an exclusive contract to get the stuff. Though it's not unusual now to see new-car dealers selling a half dozen different brands.

Okay I'll bite...

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