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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PROTECT HER FROM TUBERCULOSIS

The Auto Zone: 1921

The Auto Zone: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Lee Tire Sales Co., exterior." A clutch of transport-related businesses on 14th Street N.W. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Non-Skid Row

This typical row of storefronts was previously featured in the background of a 1932 accident scene: http://www.shorpy.com/node/4480

Signs?

I've noticed with all these DC photographs, there are no street signs, which surprises me for such a populous area. Was that normal?

[Look again. Here, here and here, to give three recent examples. - Dave]

1600 14th Street NW today

The store (1600) was at the corner of 14th and Q.


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I See Dead People

I think I saw that little girl and her twin sister in a recent horror film about a haunted house. Whenever they appeared there was childrens laughter in the backround and the bone-chilling nursery rhyme music associated with poltergeists. Now I'm scared.

Those were the days

Free air, and also bicycles for the taking. Only one of those things remains today.

 
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