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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Groceries and Meats: 1919

Groceries and Meats: 1919

"1701 9th St. N.W., Washington." 1919 or 1920. It seems to be skating weather. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

No view?

Can anyone with a better architectural eye than mine explain what's up with the non-windows in the upper right portion of the picture? Was the building built that way for a sense of symmetry, or were the windows filled in later for some reason? I notice that the only windows beneath those have security screens (for protection I'm sure).

Also, if the wooden box is in fact to keep milk chilled, is it possible that there's a lone bottle in the window above that? I can't quite make it out.

Google Street View

Just tried looking up the address on Google Streetview and there are some similar looking buildings in the area although they don't seem identical. They seem to have more steps up to the door these days - have they lowered the road?

[This building is long gone. - Dave]


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Persimmons Perchance

That looks like a persimmon tree.

[You should see Washington in spring when the persimmons lining the streets are all in bloom. Magical! - Dave]

Beer Bucket

Nice and cold outside. The bucket probably serves to chill the beer of the man of the house. But that guess probably says more about me than anything else.

Skater Girls

What cute little girls, stopping to adjust their skates. I think the one on the right might have her skate key on a string around her neck.

Bunny in the Hood

Is it just me or does it look like there's a bunny on the hood of the woman's jacket?

The Bucket

Any idea what the bucket is for--hanging between the two windows above the small courtyard?

Child Prodigies?

The two six year olds bundled up against the winter chill have completed their elementary school education and will be starting high school in the morning....if the dolt who owns the grocery/meat market/ high school supply store ever shows up! After high school, both would attend Vassar, after which they'd emigrate to England. By the end of the war, one would be married to Roland Berrill and the other to Lance Ware. These smart young ladies would eventually prompt their husbands to found MENSA.

Window Air Conditioner?

What would that 2nd story window box be?

How silly of me

At first glance, I thought I was seeing a window AC. How silly of me.

The wood box on the window

The wood box on the window would probably be for milk, to keep it cold, but what about the covered bucket?

 
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