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Texalene Benzol Blend: 1925

Texalene Benzol Blend: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "Texas Company, Benning Service Station." George H. James, proprietor. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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"Air Tank Explodes; Building Wrecked"

From the 12/25/1925 Washington Post, pg. 1

Two men narrowly escaped injury last night when a compressed air tank in a gas station at Benning road and Minnesota avenue northeast, exploded and tore out half the building front. ...

Damage of more than $1,500 was done to the station. The station is owned by George H. James of 4222 Hayes street northeast.

Merry Christmas.

What a change!

You all should see Benning Road now!

The white rocks spell


Kind of cool

Top view

I wonder if those white rocks were arranged to spell something or just an example of bad landscaping?

Priceless signage

Every sign in this picture would cost a pretty penny if you could find it today. I especially like the portable cutout tin man selling Hood Tires, but each gas pump and every advertisement is a collectible. Who knew? Thank you for a very nostalgic picture.

Mortgage Crisis

Wow, look at that ad for Carmody Hills! $2 down, $2 a month.

Look at that land price!

Even next to a gas station, that's still a bargain.

Shifting Roads

Advertisements in the Post list multiple locations of the Benning Service Station: all these addresses are within a few blocks of each other on the modern street grid. Its unclear to me if the station relocated or if the names of the roads in this developing area were fluid.

  • 33rd and Benning
  • 3300 Benning Rd
  • Benning and Minnesota Avenue
  • Benning and Anacostia Roads

Sublime Subprime

$2 lots with no interest. I wonder how the real estate of Carmody Hills fared during the upcoming depression.


Lots, $2 down, and $2 a month? If we had that today, there would be no need for a bailout. I'll take 60 lots please!!

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