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H.E.F. and A.W.L.: 1914

H.E.F. and A.W.L.: 1914

Washington circa 1914. "H.E.F. & A.W.L. in Detroiter." Herbert E. French, driving, was the owner of National Photo Company; "Artie" Leonard was one of its photographers. They're at the Tidal Basin on the Inlet Bridge, with the Washington Monument in back. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

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This photo confirms my suspicion that there were once lights on the Inlet Bridge. Just metal caps there today.


There is very little info out there on these. The Detroiter seems to have been an "assembled" car with some tenuous connection to the wreckage of the United States Motor Company.

Car ID

I'm curious about the make of car. How 'bout a close shot of the rear hubcap??

[As it says in the caption, the car is a Detroiter. - Dave]

Possibly A. W. Leonard...

Was looking through the LOC holdings of National Photo Company and found a photo of A.W. Leonard - he's probably this person.

[Indeed. It is National Photo photographer A.W. "Artie" Leonard. I'll add that information to the caption. Thank you, Bob Dole! - Dave]

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