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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Overstuffed: 1925

Overstuffed: 1925

"O.J. DeMoll, interior." The DeMoll furniture store at 12th and G streets N.W. in Washington circa 1925. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Ghost or Mortal?

Look at the man to the far left behind the open glass door. His head and shoulders appear above the dark lamp shade. His left shoulder blocks the light coming in from the window, but is that the frame I see on the wall behind him? You can see through him!

[The frame is in front of him -- a reflection off the glass door of a mirror across the room. - Dave]

O.J. DeMoll

I wonder which corner of 12th and G this is. As I understand it, De Moll first built this showroom on the SW corner in 1909...

... but the piano business expanded so quickly, he moved to a new and larger building on the NW corner in 1913:

Maybe the original piano showroom was converted into a furniture shop? The windows here look more like the 1913 building.

[Our photo is the building on the northwest corner. - Dave]

Tagged

Too bad we can't read the tags. We are so used to seeing this type of furniture used and worn-in--hard to imagine it new!

[Below, some DeMoll prices from the winter of 1925-26. The davenport in the photo and two chairs went for $150. - Dave]

Who left

.. their iPod on the sofa?

Top-drawer ceiling

There's a wonderful optical illusion created by the ceiling tiles. Another grand "snapshot" of the past. Many thanks!

Already Passe

Craftsman style furniture was already going out of fashion by the time this furniture was made, and mass-produced Colonial and other revival styles of furniture like these examples had remained more popular in most homes right through the 1895-1920 heyday of Craftsman styles. The upholstered furniture, tables and mirrors in this photo are not all that different than many offered for sale today. The fussy bridge and table lamp shades are the most dated pieces in the showroom. But just when you thought it was safe to go back into the parlor, many lamp dealers are now offering expensive hand-made recreations of these "vintage" shades, and they're selling well.

[I don't know if I'd call this Craftsman. The pieces in this photo are of the Moorish/Mediterranean style in vogue at the time. - Dave]

Wow.

The only thing I like in this photo are maybe the shop lights. Or the ferns. I can see why the simplicity of the Arts & Crafts movement caught on!

Horsehair

I just can't imagine that old sofa smelling anything other than musty. I wonder what they were like new with tags.

 
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