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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Invest in Rest: 1925

Invest in Rest: 1925

Washington circa 1925. "H.A. Linger window." Here we have a display for a brand of mattress called Conscience. Conscience wears a blindfold and carries a torch. ("Go ahead. Even if he loved me more. Live it up! I'll never tell. But you'll always know what you did.") Yes, it's the mattress for people who are always being asked how do they sleep at night. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

H.A. Linger

Linger's store had just recently been remodeled when this was taken (see Washington Post 9 April 1922, p. 43 for artist's rendering of the facade).

Good Timing

We get an extra HOUR of sleep tonight.

Reflections

I too enjoy looking at the images caught in these store front windows.
I wonder what building is reflected over the bed on the right? A church maybe?

Conscience indeed

It appears from the reflection directly above the Conscience Mattress in the window that there is a church across the street from H.A. Linger. A bit of a recursive twist on the conscience motif.

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Buy a "Conscience" today and save 50 percent on the matching "Adultery" box spring!

Voyeur

Someone looking out the window of the building across the street was caught for all time, reflected in the glass. Was it a janitor taking a break from mopping, or a night shift worker distracted by the goings-on at H.A. Linger?

 
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