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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Great Fire

The Great Fire

From a turn-of-the-century family photo album. Taken in Washington, D.C. [This is might be the Baltimore fire of 1904. Prints were sold as souvenirs in various cities. There were also a few big fires in Arlington, Virginia, around that time. But none in Washington that I know of. - Dave] View full size.

Washington

This was the power company fire in D.C. Note the Chevy Chase Dairy wagon on the right.

Misnomer

The title was mine, judging by the size of the building that was leveled--sorry about any confusion. I don't think it was part of any larger fire. This is actually one out of a set of pictures.

 
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