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Small Curd: 1924

Small Curd: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Chestnut Farms Dairy." ("Cottage cheese, sugar? Yes, honey.") National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A tidy row

I love the pristine look of these new brick row houses. This photo reminds me of the 4700 block of 8th Street.

Dairy products

You know, even during Prohibition, I don't think many people outside of dairy advertising drank milk out of wine goblets.

Pretty Cool

I just got a new cordless mouse and, among other things, it has a magnifier as one of the four possible buttons, plus the wheel. Comes in handy for Shorpy's once in a while.

Dear Diary

Look again -- the table is normal height. It's the chairs that are low because they are intended for lounging, not dining. That is, if you wish to call tomatoes, cottage cheese and milk dining....

Are you going to eat that???

It looks like she gets her fair share of calories. He, on the other hand, looks like he sticks to the cheese products.

Plastic Container

The cottage cheese tub looks very similar to those plastic tubs you would find today. Wonder if it is made of tin or paper.

[Waxed paper. - Dave]

Re: Brick Titanic

I've often thought my porch and its environs resembled the Lusitania.

Pshaw on the rowhouse comment

The tunnel-of-doom effect is done with mirrors. It's the same optical illusion anyone sees in a fitting room with mirrors on opposite walls.

You don't see the "people" in the reflections because they're vampires.

Strange Composition

The photographer seems more fascinated with the perspective of the porches receding to infinity than in the diary-focused dinner. The odd high table seems to contribute to this. Why not have a normal table height with the camera looking down on the scene?

[It's what happens when you're focusing on that diary. - Dave]

Not a whole lot of lovin'

Not a whole lot of lovin' going on with that cottage cheese breath.

Brick Titanic

If it weren't for the fact that it's a dozen years too late and constructed out of material that wouldn't float very well, this could almost pass for the deck of the Titanic. Not sure if agri-tourism was around back then, but the Chestnut Farms Dairy's estate was positively palatial. That's a hotel.

[These are rowhouses. The caption note "Chestnut Dairy" means the dairy was the National Photo client who commissioned the picture. - Dave]

 
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