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Palace Laundry: 1925

Palace Laundry: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Palace Laundry." 1811 Adams Mill Road N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Disc wheels

The large car with the disc wheels is a 1929 Nash. Their ad stressed the fact that their motor had seven main bearings making it exceptionally smooth.

Not a Studebaker

The first car is definitely NOT a Studebaker of any year or model. Nothing matches up including body shape, cowl lights radiator shell. Not sure what it is, but sure what it isn't!

The Missing Half Year & The Unknown

The first car is a 1928 1/2 Studebaker. The long hood length indicates this is actually a President 8 (the Dictator was on a much shorter wheelbase).

The 1928 1/2 year models had a new narrower radiator design and a very short visor (military style) over the windshield. The wheels are also unusual, but they are not unique to this year (they were definitely available in 1927 and both 1928 model years).

The 1929 closed Studebaker models had a curved "A" post at the windshield so it is easy to identify this as a 1928 1/2 year model.

The second car does not appear to be a Hudson. On almost all Hudson's the Hudson triangle is visible on the hubcaps. I cannot see any here (but the photo also does not show the hubcaps as clearly as I would like). Also, the front of the grill should have a flat portion below the corporate logo for a Hudson. Lastly, I cannot find any pictures of a Hudson with the large number of vertical louvers on the hood as seen here.

I would have guessed the second car as a Lincoln, but the grill also does not match. I have not been able to determine the exact make of the second car.

(P.S. Based on the previously posted information should the title be updated to reflect the year 1928 or 1929 as well as the caption?)

Palace Laundry

The Palace Laundry and the Redskins have something in common -- both were owned by George Preston Marshall. In fact, Marshall's profitable laundry chain (which had more than 50 stores at its peak) enabled him to buy a pro football team, the Boston Redskins, which he moved to his hometown of Washington in 1937.

Incidentally, the Palace Laundry's slogan was "Long live linen."

Crazy Coincidence

I was going thru the DC 1935 Addresses and found that the relative I was researching was working at the Palace Laundry then. Thanks for posting the photo.


This is in an area now referred to as Adams-Morgan, party central for people in their 20s. I can't recall the name of the cafe on the left but it's big with the local kickball league.

Cars II

Thanks for the info. I thought I'd give it a shot since noone else did. I'm not too familier with '10s and '20s cars. '40s and '50s cars I can name in an instant.


I think both cars are GM products. The one on the left looks like a GM product from 1927-1931, it's looks similar to a 1927 Buick and the car on the right looks like a 1919 Buick. I'm not 100% sure.

[Neither one is from GM. The car on the left is a circa 1928 Studebaker Dictator. The one on the right is a Hudson. - Dave]

Slight Anomalies?

Two things struck me about this photo. First was the font used for the "Palace Laundry." In cursive, with all lowercase letters, it seems more like something from the 1940's or 1950's. Quite unusual, I think, for the time.

Second is the dark sedan on our left. It looks just slightly later than 1925; with its curved, not squared, roof lines, I would have guessed it as a 1927 or 1928 model.

[It could be 1928. "Circa" means "around" or "approximately." Where are the car experts? - Dave]

McCrory 5 & 10?

Could that be a McCrory 5 & 10 on the left?

[Sanitary Grocery. - Dave]


Can someone identify the cars?

Tree Sign

I've never seen a tree used as a signpost like this one -- ONE WAY DO NOT ENTER, wired about the trunk. The D.C. city traffic managers were obviously "green" long before their time.

Trendy neighborhood

There's a BB&T bank occupying the building to the right with the arched windows. That peculiar window that's halfway in the stone facade and half in the red brick is still there. There seems to be a cafe in the buildings to the left.

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