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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

The Egg Man: 1926

The Egg Man: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Ford Motor Co., Hatcher Boaze truck." A nice view of the old market district. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Great Detail!

Such a great shot, two things I noticed. The owner of the truck has installed a choke wire for the carb to aid in starting the beast in the morning. Pull the choke closed and give her a spin of the crank which would send a rich charge of fuel into the intake. Run around to the cab and turn the ignition on, then back to give her another spin. If the gods were in your favor she'd fire right up!

The other thing was the size of the crate-sitter's feet. Half of him is on the ground!

Happy Birthday John

Oct. 9 is also John Lennon's birthday and as you know he is the eggman.

WORLD EGG DAY TODAY

I don't mean to hog the comment board, but I just heard on the noon news that today, Oct. 9th, is "world egg day" and I immediately thought of your eggman picture. Being that you stay so current and savvy, I bet you knew this when you posted it a bit early, huh?

A little yolk

Hmmm ... Hatcher ... eggs ... I get it.
Speaking of eggs and Maryland and all that, wasn't that great movie with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, "The Egg and I," set in Maryland? It was produced in 1948, but the actual story took place during the '20s and '30s. Very dear movie.

Goo goo g' joob

If only the driver had a big ol' walrus mustache, it would be perfect.

I am the egg-man...

...they are the egg-men. I am the walrus. Goo-goo-ga-joob.

Reminded me of something else

I thought of the Louis Armstrong song, "Butter and Egg Man"

Now she wants...a butter an egg man
A great big butter and egg man
From way down south

P.F.

"...and they were the BEST EGGS IN TAYWN!!!"

Draw-over

Ok, not exactly a colorized photo; rather a cartoonized version of that truck. Hope you like it.

Of course, no original photo was damaged in the making of this drawing.

Wm. H. Boaze

Washington Post, Nov 19, 1952

William H. Boaze

Funeral Rites Today

William H. Boaze, 72, a resident of the District since 1907, died Sunday at Sibley Hospital after a three-months' illness. He lived at 1335 Jefferson st. nw.

A native of Danville, Va., he operated the W.H. Boaze Company, now the B.P. Boaze Real Estate, 3408 18th st ne., for more than 10 years. ... For 20 years he owned and operated the Loudoun Produce Company on 10th st. nw.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nettie Keifer Boaze of the Jefferson st. address; three sisters and two brothers.

No such intersection now

There doesn't appear to be an intersection of 10th and Louisiana, N.W. in Washington any more. Was Louisiana Avenue renamed? Where was this?

[This stretch of Louisiana Avenue was obliterated during construction of the Federal Triangle complex of government buildings in the 1930s. This block would be under the current Department of Justice. More here. - Dave]

John Waters "Pink Flamingos"

At the risk of sounding like a pervert, this immediately brought to mind John Water's depraved film named above from 1972, since the friendly "Mr. Eggman" was the character who delivered eggs daily to Divine's mother, Eddie, who idolized eggs and needed a constant supply. It took place in a trailer park just outside Baltimore which isn't that far removed from Washington, D.C., but the movie is definitely not for everyone. Its just that Eddie always worried constantly that one day there would be "no more eggs". It is NOT a family film. When I was a kid, we had an egg lady, a farmer's wife, who brought us the most wonderful brown eggs weekly. Thank you Mrs. Lennon, wherever you are. Them were the best ever.

 
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