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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

American Boy: 1914

American Boy: 1914

Washington, D.C., 1914. "Boy Scouts -- field sports." In the background: The Frazee-Potomac laundry. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

If only we knew...

To be able to know the history of these kids. The older ones in back may have served in WWI while the younger ones in front served in WWII.

Bowery Boys

Looks like a casting call for a Bowery Boys movie.

Running Wild

Those are striped shoes on the smiling kid over toward the right in the front row. Pretty wild compared to other styles we're used to seeing in these vintage photos.

Bang

Jeez. Is that a gun the cub scout in the front row is holding? The one dressed up, with the cap, towards the left side?

[Ever go to a track meet? It's a starter pistol. - Dave]

Giant hands

OMG look at the size of the hands on the kid in the front row, second from left! They look fake!

Frazee-Potomac Laundry

A brief timeline of Frazee Potomac Laundry locations:

  1. 1900: Central plant of Frazee's Laundry located at 1214-1216 D St., N.W.
    "A postal-card request summons one of our laundry wagons to your door - give the man a few of your collars or a shirt to launder. See if our work isn't distinctly different and better than that turned out be other laundries."
  2. 1905: Frazee Potomac Laundry purchases large tract of land at 18th and D Sts. N.W. to build three-story brick building.
  3. 1934: Federal government acquires main office and plant at 18th and D Sts. to make way for new Department of Interior building. Frazee Potomac laundry relocates to Third and Eye Sts. N.E.

Talk about variable

Talk about variable temperatures. They're all in shorts, and the little miss standing next to her brother on the left has a hat AND tights AND a coat. And some of the guys seem to have all of that, too. I guess participants dressed down, audience stayed clothed.

 
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