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Groundhog Day: 1917

Groundhog Day: 1917

"District of Columbia. Traffic Stop and Go signs." Here we are again at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, still waiting for the umbrella to change. After seven days (or is it 91 years) in this intersection, will these dapper gents in their snazzy Haynes roadster ever make it across? Tune in again tomorrow. And maybe the day after that. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Stop signs

Rotating stop signs were in use in US cities in the 1910s. I wonder if for a time these were more common in some places than the simple stationary sign we all know and love today?

Postcard view, officer working a rotating stop sign at the corner of Canal Street and Royal Street, New Orleans. Note beer advertisement confirming pre-Prohibition date.

Old rotating stop sign brought out for filming of period scene in movie.

Infrogmation of New Orleans

1913 Haynes, or 1915?

Well first of all the car is a Haynes. In 1913 Haynes has gas headlamps and an earlier body style. I think this is a 1915 model. It appears that the car is virtually new by the lack of dirt and the excellent paint finish.

[The ad below, from the Feb. 16, 1913, New York Times, advertises the Haynes as having "two large electric headlights." Click to enlarge. This is the 1913 Haynes Model 24 four-door touring car. - Dave]

Slide

I can't imagine these cars in winter with those bald front tires. Given the sheer amount of photos this cannot be that busy of an intersection. Can you imagine this happening today?

[The front wheels don't have brakes, so it might not have made much difference. Those are two different kinds of tire front and back. Another view of the intersection here.- Dave]

Fashionable Uniform

That cop is wearing knickers! I guess the Uniform Evaluation Board rejected this novel idea. As Barney Fife often said, "You have to nip it, nip it in the bud."

Avoiding a Ticket

"Honestly, ossifer, I ain't been drinkin' a drop. Lemme buy some ducats to the Boliceman's Pall!"

Do You Ever Have Déjà Vu?

"I don't know, but I could ask the kitchen."

If Bill Murray drove a 1913 Haynes Roadster around, then it would *really* be my all-time favorite movie.

This Could Be Very Funny

Dave, it's time for a new caption contest. Here's a start:

You're telling me this car costs 35,000 dollars and it doesn't have airbags?

Keep it under 25 next time, Chief

Officer Stalin seems to be giving them a stern message, but the passenger is smiling so it must not be that bad. Is that a cop on another platform on the other side of the intersection?

 
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