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Something for Everyone: 1924

Something for Everyone: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Ford Motor Co. -- Fred Haas, Rhode Island Avenue N.E." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Less, but tasty, for everyone: 2010

Here's the same building today, from about the same angle. It also shows a little of 2008 next door, which was also part of the hardware store back in the day.

Attired to a T

The fellow loading the truck is wearing a necktie, not a T-shirt with some crude phrase on it. I'm not much for dressing up, but a certain level is nice.

I'd like to get a can of their varnish.

Build to Endure??

C'mon people- you'll never compete in the 21st century with a notion like that!

Lots of familiar names here

from Mazda Edison, to Certain-Teed, to Wearever. Hardware stores like Haas' still exist, but now they're the exception, rather than the rule.

I have a Christmas light bulb (a white one) marked "GE MAZDA" that I got many years ago, along with some old decorations, from a now-departed friend. It's a prized possession.

Bypassed byway

Rhode Island Avenue is an extension of Route 1. So this was once a well-traveled road north. Perhaps this accounts for the decline seen here.

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Mazda Edison

"Not the name of a thing, but the mark of a service."

The more things change etc.

Walmart 1.0

Is that you Mr. Haney?

Could I offer you a genuine...

Haas Has It

And if they don't, you probably don't need it.

Let's do the time warp

Oh, for a hundred dollars and five minutes in that place! Sigh.

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