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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A CHRISTMAS JOKE WITH A POINT TO IT

D.C. Jail: 1919

D.C. Jail: 1919

1919. "District of Columbia. Various views at D.C. Jail." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I wonder

what the "thermometer" was used to gauge -- number of days without a riot? Number of escapes in a year?

[Or, possibly, "Degrees Fahrenheit." - Dave]

Bleak House

Not as cheery as the last shot of the jail, with the Christmas tree.

No doubt

It goes without saying that what we have here are potential condos.

Imagine the echo

I can almost hear the tin cups banging on the bars.

The Sheriff Threw a Party

...in the County Jail. This looks like the prototype for "Jailhouse Rock" -- the design is perfect for a musical and dance production if the inmates would only cooperate.

 
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