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Legal Briefs: 1925

Legal Briefs: 1925

Washington circa 1925. "Tepper Building, Standard Engraving Co., 470 Louisiana Avenue N.W." The Tepper family business is what you might call vertically integrated: Joe's law practice upstairs, above Saul's "Notions, Hosiery, Underwear." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The old Louisiana Avenue

Before 1933, this block of Louisiana Avenue was adjacent to Judiciary Square - here it is on a 1911 map:

The section of Louisiana south of Pennsylvania Avenue was built over during the construction of the Federal Triangle, prompting Louisiana senators to argue that the remaining, smaller road was an affront to their state's dignity (see "Fight Over Name of Thoroughfare Will Be Vigorous", 11/28/30 Washington Post).

The name was being applied in its current location by 1933. The remaining stub of Louisiana became part of Indiana Avenue NW.

The city bought the Tepper Building in December 1932 and condemned it to make way for the never-completed Municipal Center complex. I'm not sure when it was finally razed, but it's definitely gone now.

1925 Essex

The car parked at the curb is a Second Series 1925 Essex 6 Coach, built after March of that year. Essex pioneered the first low priced closed car with the introduction of its five-passenger Coach in 1922, which was an immediate success. The 1925 Essex was the first closed car that sold for the same price as an open touring car. By October of '25 you could buy one of these cars for $765, which was only $105 more than the price of the Ford Fordor Sedan. Essex sold 159,634 cars in 1925.

Tax Brass

Sign over the entrance to the building on the left: "Bureau of Internal Revenue," now known as the IRS.

"Legal Briefs"

may be the very best of Dave's pun-ishments of Shorpy viewers!

Keep 'em up!!

[So to speak. - Dave]

Long gone

Louisiana Avenue in the northwest quadrant of DC is just a short 3-block segment running from Constitution Avenue to Union Station, a stone's throw from the Capitol.

Heads

Those two heads peering out of the Estes Building entrance give this photo a certain creepy effect.

[Plus the three ghosts outside. One is wearing pumps. - Dave]

Two for One

Get defended and hosed at the same time!

(Does George Washington live next door?)

 
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