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Semmes Motor Co.: 1927

Semmes Motor Co.: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Cross trucks, Semmes Motor Co." Headquarters for Good Used Cars. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Keep the Cars Coming!

I too love the car and truck pics!

Yes Dave, I think the hoops on the side are for mounting the demountable rim and spare tire.

One small request?

I love how we can see how Washington has changed over the years, so I don't think this site is too D.C. heavy. It is so intresting, I think anyway, to see how Americas love of the automobile grew and changed with the times, so I really have no great complaint with that. However..., could we maybe, kinda, once in a while, see more Train pictures? We railfans would love that!

["Once in a while"?? Mayhaps time for an eye exam. - Dave]

Car Dealers

Photos of the nascent automobile "Garages" or dealerships are as much a part of Americana as is the spinning wheel.


Some jerk has the nuts to complain about the pictures on Shorpy being too DC and automobile oriented? Get a life or invent your own site. I visit Shorpy every day and am never disappointed.

DC Auto Pix --

Keep 'em comin'.

Love Dealership Photos

I too enjoy the auto dealership photos. Please keep them coming. They are such a reflection of the period.

Union Garage

Another view of the Union Building, which was on G Street:

Love the car and garage pictures

Your pictures of vintage cars are excellent.

MORE please.


our unheated customer waiting lounge (on right) where you apparently will be forced to sit on pipes.

I love cars

and I love DC. Keep 'em coming Dave!

Cross truck apparatus

Anyone know what the hoop-like device on the driver's side of the truck is?

[Spare tire holder. - Dave]

Not tired either

One of the sources of these photos is a collection from a DC based news photo service so there is necessarily going to be a lot of photos taken in DC. I am not tired of them either and am also grateful for all the photos that get posted here.

Not tired of auto dealers either

To me, the pleasure of Shorpy comes from the period and not necessarily the place. There is something to be enjoyed from each picture, and something to learn as well. Keep up the good work and ignore the knockers.

More Power!

With Lightning Motor Fuel you'll get more power! I daresay that the combination of lightning and motor fuel WOULD give you more power ... briefly.

Not enough photos

... of flugelhorn shops in Minnesota... I think there must be a conspiracy afoot.

Not tired of DC, Thank you very much

Not the least tired of the DC photos. Basically, I'm enjoying all the photos that you're willing to take the time to clean up and share with us.

Larger than life

Well, almost--there's a 10-foot high blowup of this photo, colorized, in the lobby of a bank at the corner of 15th St & P NW. I wondered if it would show up on Shorpy as it was so clearly a National Photo Company picture. Blows up just great--try that with your digital camera.

Auto Dealers

Haven't we seen enough of DC auto dealers? For that matter, the site is too DC heavy.

Rolling paint job

"We Paint While You Ride"
I'd like to see that.

George J. Cross, jr.

Washington Post, Oct 8, 1929

Cross Funeral Today

Funeral services for George J. Cross, jr., 39 years old, proprietor of a plumbing business at 636 Pennsylvania avenue southeast, and president of the Southeast Business Men's Association, who died Sunday at the residence of his parents, 152 Thirteenth street southeast, will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning in St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Cross came to Washington from Morrisville, N.Y., and received his education at the public schools in this city. He established a plumbing business on Eleventh street southeast fourteen years ago, and later moved to the Pennsylvania avenue address. He was a member of the Board of Trade. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lillian Cross; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. Jefferson Cross and a sister, Mrs. Ada J. Veeland.

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