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Fancy Fruits: 1925

Fancy Fruits: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Semmes Motor Co. George K. Chaconas & Co. truck." A Dodge delivery van for the grocery owned by George Chaconas. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Location

Looks like this is located on old Indiana Avenue. you can see the old post office pavilion tower in the background, and Indiana Avenue was one of the few in the District with center parking (landscaped median). Now the location of Federal Triangle.

Just how "fancy"?

Whenever I see a sign like this I think: What did they mean by this statement?

Just how fancy were their fruits & vegetables? Did they dress them up in little outfits complete with hats, gloves & spats? Maybe "fancy" meant that these fruits & vegetables "knew the right people" and had "connections". Or perhaps their fruits & vegetables were "fancy" because they had an education and thought they were better than the other fruits & vegetables!

Strange Neighborhood

Notice the dude on the roof of the Standard Fish & Produce warehouse. Also note the second-floor door on the building on the right. Also, a lot of the upper story windows are broken The cursive lettering on the Chaconas & Co. Dodge is exquisite.

[Also the odd corrugated metal bay tacked onto the building. It looks like two elf-size floors crammed into one. (Reminds me of Dr. Lester's office on the 7½ floor in "Being John Malkovich.") And to the right, chickens in crates. - Dave]

 
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