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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.