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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Irish Free State Legation: 1925

Irish Free State Legation: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Irish Free State legation, Florida Avenue." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Reflection

I think I can see the photographer and the camera in the reflection on the rear car window.

Russia House

The whole building is Russia House, a hip, totally Euro restaurant/club. Walk into it and you feel like you stepped on to the set of Eastern Promises. Minus the Viggo Mortensen.

There is some retail to the left. Plus a wine bar next to that.

1800 Connecticut

1800 Connecticut Avenue N.W. at Florida Avenue. The Florida entrance appears to have been changed to open the ground floor for retail.


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Green Day

The perfect subject for Saint Patrick's Day! I hope every one has a chance to celebrate their "Irishness"!

Hedda O'Hair

The sign in the window indicates that they do "Marcel Weaving and Manicuring" -- I didn't know this was popular in the Irish Free State!

 
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