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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Saks & Co. window." From the heyday of the detachable shirt collar comes this contest: "Are You a Good Guesser? A year's supply of Corliss-Coon handmade collars FREE to the one guessing nearest to the correct number of collars in the window." National Photo Co. View full size.