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Seventh Street: 1920

Seventh Street: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Goldenberg's, Seventh Street side." Another perspective on three places and one thing we've seen before on Shorpy. Who can link to them? National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Hydrant Lives!

I know I am a bit late in this (out of town). It appears to me that the fire hydrant on the corner may have outlived much of what has now been replaced.

License Plates

Why do you suppose that the two cars at the left each have two license plates? Is it one for Washington and another for the state of their residence at the time?

[You had to have plates for wherever your motor vehicle was operated. Many cars in Washington also had Maryland or Virginia tags. - Dave]

Seventh Street: 1920 plus 90

Here's the same view today.

The Seven Stores

When I was in high school in the 1940s, I worked at the Central Public Library at Seventh and K Streets, just off to the right of this scene. We always considered Goldenberg's to be a bargain department store. For example if something was cheap or looked cheap it "probably came from Goldenberg's basement." The other six department stores in D.C. were farther south on Seventh Street or farther west on F or G Streets.

I would guess

Chestnuts roasting on the curb?

One more thing.

Mold.

Familiar

The lunch cart?

[Ding ding ding! You are correct. - Dave]

Peoples Store No. 1

This would be The Link for the image of the Peoples Drug Store.

[Also here. And let's not forget Hahn's Reliable Shoe House.- Dave]

Multiple Familiar Things

Besides men in hats, ghostly images, bicycles, buggies and cars all at the curb, and trolley tracks, I seem to recall seeing the "Noon Time Friend" sandwich cart featured in a Shorpy posting before.

Canvas everywhere

Had I been around during this time, I probably would have pursued opening a company that supplied awnings for buildings and roofs for cars. Walking inside the buildings, oilcloth coverings were on cabinets everywhere for protection. Oilcloth would have been my sideline.

On the other hand, the competition must have been tremendous.

Noon Time Friend

The "Noon Time Friend" Liberty Lunch wagon seems familiar, as does the bike with the jacked-up handlebars.

Fourth familiar Shorpy thing

Man in a hat - am I close?

Familiar

Goldenberg's, People's Drug and Hahn's ... ?

[Three out of four! - Dave]

 
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