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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Looking the Other Way: 1920

Looking the Other Way: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Standard Engraving building, 1212 G Street." Looking down the street seen in the previous post, in the opposite direction. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

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There is more left in this view than it would seem. In the distance, the Woodward and Lathrop (Woodies) Department Store building (now occupied by other stores), St. Patrick's Church and the Patent Office Building (now the National Portrait Gallery) can all be seen. Below is the view from April of 2010.

Barber & Ross

manufactured millwork until very recently. They made the windows in my Arlington home, built around 1994. I understand they have since gone out of business.

Grafonola Hall

1917 Advertisement

Harry C. Grove, Inc.

Cordially invites their friends and the public to participate in the opening, today October 15, of their newly remodeled building, 1210 G St. And the first public view of Grafonola Hall which occupies our spacious second floor, wherein are displayed the most complete line of 1919 Columbia Grafonolas in this city, including an elaborate line of the artistic period designs. Every modern improvement and equipment is provided to make this the most elegantly appointed talking machine department in the South.

Your attention is also directed to the finest photo developing and printing plant in Washington which occupies our third floor and enables us to offer the amateur photographers of Washington the quickest and most efficient service obtainable anywhere in America.

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Grove's Groove

According to the Music Trade Review, Harry C. Grove took over the Columbia Graphophone Co.'s retail branch in Washington in 1917. You can see the Columbia trademark with the musical note in the window. Columbia made Graphophones with the outside horns and Grafonolas with concealed horns and was at one time one of the Big Three of record manufacturers. Because is was a registered trademark, only Edison could make a Phonograph. Victor made Talking Machines, and its name for the enclosed horn record player was, of course, Victrola. Like many dealers, Harry C. Grove apparently supplemented his business by selling pianos, cameras ("Kodaks"), along with the records and record players.

Look both ways...

before crossing Shorpy.

Hey You

Up in the National Photo window.

Pre - IPod Amusement

Seeing the guy in the car reading a newspaper reminds me that whenever the kids today need to amuse themselves while waiting for something it's always a hand-held video game, listening to their iPod, or texting on their phone. Reading something is so yesterday.

Hot Block

On January 12, 1929 this block was the scene of one of the biggest fires in D.C. history. Known as the Dulin and Martin fire, it started in 1212 G street nw and quickly reached Six alarms, the only six alarm ever sounded in D.C.

 
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