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Baby Doll: 1922

Baby Doll: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Kendrick-Harrison Furniture Co. window." Next door to this slightly spooky circa 1922 display of Heywood-Wakefield baby carriages is a palm reader. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Purple glass

I first noticed those sidewalk skylights way back in the early 1950s when I'd accompany my mother on shopping trips to downtown San Francisco, and wondered a) what they were, and b) why they were usually purplish. Much later, I noticed that a lot of glass left lying around outside tended to turn violet. Here's the deal: Glass solarization.

[So it wasn't the chic design sense of city fathers or color-coordinated building codes? How disillusioning. - Dave]

Glass blocks

I think the "bricks" to the left of the manhole cover are glass blocks providing light to the basement storage rooms. Still see a few left in some cities.

[The ones I've seen are usually amethyst colored. - Dave]

Convertible Baby Buggies

My mom was born in 1924 and had a carriage like these. She said that they were used all the time and in her neighborhood carriages were decorated with streamers and paper flowers for the child's first and second birthdays. I have great photos of Mom in her decorated carriage with neighbor children gathered around.

Wheel of Fortune

So ... the palmist gives you your fortune, and Kendrick-Harrison takes it away.

Fine Perambulators

These are quite another class (hand made, fine cloth or rattan) than the garden variety you would find today in department stores. The same strollers done today would cost much more than $457 and change.

The Solid Gold Stroller

Using the Consumer Price Index, the stroller for $37 and change would cost about $457.46 in 2007 dollars. At Wal-Mart you can get one for as low as $67.88. I wonder why they were so expensive?

Mme. Trent: Infallible Advice

Kendrick-Harrison Furniture Co. was located in Georgetown at 3140 M street. They opened in the fall of 1922, advertising furniture, bedding, carpets and stoves. Additionally they claimed to be the "Headquarters for Toys in Georgetown." By 1926 they were bankrupt with their goods being sold at auction on March 3rd of that year.

The clairvoyant next door was Mme. Trent, located at 3138 M street, above the Hench Shoe Store. She was an all-around low cost palmist.

Will tell you when and whom you will marry; tells of friends and enemies; your SECRET TROUBLES; the cause and remedy; in fact, tells everything; locates absent ones, reunites the separated and causes quick and happy marriages with the one you love; overcomes your rivals and enemies; gives infallible advice on all affairs of life, including business, law, health, changes, travel, patents, investments, etc. LOW FEE.

Hours Daily 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.
50 cents
3138 M street N.W.

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