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The Watchers: 1920

The Watchers: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Selinger front, 820 F Street." Onlookers at the wristwatch display seen in the previous post. National Photo Co. View full size.

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And across the street

the bank is now a Gordon Biersch. Food is meh, but very cool space inside.

Fashions of the day

While men's clothing didn't really change too much during the decades between the World Wars, ladies' clothing and hemlines sure did! The woman on the far right looks ready to bust up a speakeasy or two with a hatchet -- or just by an icy stare. I'll bet she wouldn't consent to being photographed in bed wearing something lacy, as did the Brox sisters. Or, at least we wouldn't WANT her to.

Check out the street urchins

Right out of a Dickens novel. Barefoot, raggedy clothes.
Casing the onlookers looking for an easy mark.

I always feel like

Somebody's watching me. Dang that is a big eyeball.


Having been swept up in the bowler-to-boater groundswell, a group of style-conscious men-about-town check out the latest fashion craze.

Wildly entertaining windows

Can't imagine a store window getting that kind of attention nowadays. Of course everyone is dressed to the nines complete with a suit, tie, and the obligatory boater.

And then the lady under the clock said

"You there -- you people in the year two-thousand-and-ten -- have you nothing better to do?"

The hands of time

By now the clock has stopped for everyone here. And it's ticking away for us.

Cheeks of Tan

What were those 2 barefoot boys doing in the midst of all those well dressed people on F Street?

Get Smart

Looks like this is now the International Spy Museum.

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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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