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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Palace Billiards: 1926

Palace Billiards: 1926

"Semmes Motor Co. truck, 1926." A Dodge truck outside the Grand Central Palace pool hall in Washington, Pennsylvania Avenue and Seventh Street N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Watch where you're going

What the heck is he about to run over? It looks like roadkill and a shredded paper bag.

Grand Central Palace

I looked for this building in modern DC but was unable to find it. The location is near the Archives-Navy Memorial Metro stop, a block north of the National Gallery of Art. The area has been heavily developed with federal buildings.

 
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