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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Substation K: 1921

Substation K: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Willard service station front, 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Best smoked fish in town

Henry's grocery store (on the right) survived into the 50s. My mother took me there many times when we lived two blocks away. (I especially liked the extension claw tool that the proprietor used to get merchandise down from the high shelves.)

Barney Oldfield!

When I was in my early twenties an older fellow I worked for once accused me of driving like Barney Oldfield. I blankly said "Who?" and the boss said, "Oh, I have dated myself haven't I?" Apparently he had! I also didn't know he designed tires for Firestone!

Willard Storage Battery Co.

You could

have your Willard serviced there.

Whitesides

I'm more interested in the store to the left. They supply schools with cigars ... and drugs?

Embajada de Mexico

Now the Embassy of Mexico. The drug store is now a Starbucks. Usually I wish that you include the quadrant, not necessary to-day.


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Sign of the times

A Ford size Willard All-Rubber battery? Wouldn't a little lead and acid work better than rubber for starting a car? Of course if you only want to rent it for a day ...

The signs on this business are great. But I bet the place did not smell so great. Vulcanizing rubber stinks.

 
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