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Blade Runners: 1919

Blade Runners: 1919

Washington, D.C. "Skating night, 1919." National Photo Co. View full size.

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Washington Post, Dec 20, 1919

Ice Skaters Grasp Chance for Sport

Throngs at Great Falls Va.
Merrymakers Enjoy Coasting.

If war workers who now are in Washington care to use the ice skates which they brought from Northern homes, they had better get hem out. Washington has only a few days of ice skating, and last night large crowds gathered at the various ponds and lakes to test the ice.

A large number of skaters found the ice on the old canal above Great Falls Va., smooth, and after sweeping away the snow there was pleasure for all.

The 3 or 4 inches of snow which fell yesterday gave the children their first taste of coasting. Until a late hour last night the hills near Soldier' Home and in Rock Creek Park, as well as the hill streets of the city, were crowded with merrymakers.

Police yesterday renewed their efforts to restrict the coasting in the downtown sections. With the heavy Christmas traffic it is pointed out that such sport is particularly dangerous.

The heavy snowfall caused little interruption to Christmas shopping. Throughout the day, downtown streets were filled with crowds. Two hundred street cleaners were put to work on the crosswalks and street car traffic was kept moving by snow plows.

Dark was the night

What a deliciously eerie photo. I'm sure the evening was filled with laughter and merriment, but captured this way it feels like one of the crime scenes in Luc Sante's "Evidence."


I think you're trying to get us ready for Halloween, Dave. The dark images swirling like a murder of crows.


The motion captured in this image is really beautiful.

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