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Outing Equipment: 1920

Outing Equipment: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "National Service Co. front, 1610 14th Street N.W." Home of 24-hour tire service. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

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I like the milk bottle on the window ledge -- cheaper than buying an icebox, I guess.

Dapper Casper

The ghost in front of 1612 appears to have had his shoes shined.

Auto Beds

I guess Motel 6 leaving the light on for you wasn't around yet!

Some things never change

I have a fondness for company logos that have remained in use for decades. The Firestone logotype hasn't changed in at least 90 years. That's a good one.

Free Air

Proprietor: "That'll be fifty cents for the tire fill."
Customer: "I thought the air was free."
Proprietor: "It is but there's a non-waivable atmosphere-to-tire transfer fee."

P.S. The lady in the window is reverse trick of the eye - she's real but looks like a cardboard picture.

[She is covered with mold (on the emulsion, at least), which gives her that washed-out look. - Dave]

1920s Taggers!

Apparently, graffiti was a problem back in 1920, as well. Take a close look at the lamppost. Danged whippersnappers!

Roadside Service: 50 cents

Washington Post, Apr 6, 1919

24-Hour Tire Service Begins

J.H. Robison Head of Company
Installing Apparatus for Heavy Work

Twenty-four-hour tire service is something new to Washington. It has just been introduced by the National Service Company, which has opened a tire store at 1610 Fourteenth street northwest for both solid and pneumatic tires.

J.H. Robison is active head of the new company, which is specializing on the Firestone line of tires and tubes. Mr. Robison has been for a number of years connected with the American University in the capacity of purchasing agent. Previous to this he filled a like position for the bureau of mines in the Pittsburgh district.

A 150-ton hydraulic press has been installed for handling the sold tire work. There is also set up an oxacetylene welding outfit for cutting off old tire bands and tire bases from wheels fitted with the pressed-on type of solid tires. A service wagon, specially designed, with an overhead trolley and chain hoist for handling heavy wheels, is in operation.

For the pneumatic tire business a complete vulcanizing plant is being installed and a service wagon that will answer telephone calls from anywhere in the vicinity of Washington, night or day, is on the streets.



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These days, we rotate our tires every 6000 miles. So much for the 6000 mi guarantee!

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