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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Quick Service: 1925

Quick Service: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Texas Co." Another view of the derelict service station at Mass Ave and 2nd Street N.W. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Dimensions

It seems that in the former crate you could get something 30 by 3.5 for a dollar

"UP 30 X 3 1/2 "one dollar" --can't format the zeroes properly on the computer"

[Brilliant! 30 x 3½ would be a tire size. Maybe $1 is the price for an innertube. - Dave]

Up Jox

I'm trying without too much success to make sense out of the writing on one of the boards covering the left lower floor window. It clearly says "UP," then "jox," and then some seemingly random numbers and letters. I figure the board probably came from a shipping crate, hence the "UP," but the rest doesn't read like much of anything at all.

[How about: Up Jox (or Box) 3½ 51" - Dave]

Yard swings

Seem to be the popular trend in the neighborhood. Three of the row houses visible have them in their tiny front yards.

It's obvious...

The reason for the demise of this establishment was the fact that they didn't charge for air like their more enlightened moden counterparts.

Mailbox?

What is that device between us and the street lamp (looking towards the gas station)? Looks very cool! Any chance of zooming in on it?

[See the previous post for zoomification. - Dave]

See the U.S.A

Noticed the sign-map of DelMarVa peninsula. A little encouragement to go sightseeing in your car. But has anyone been able to tell exactly what the rest of the lettering is on the lamp standard on the right, where I can so clearly read "Box"?

[As noted in the previous post, it's a fire alarm. - Dave]

Reverse Advertising

That car is not much of a testament to the washing (and polishing) capabilities of this establishment.

Competition

Might one presume that the appearance of the Standard Oil Station on the other corner sounded the old death knell for this woebegone station?

 
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