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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Riding High: 1910s

Riding High: 1910s

"James Kelly." In a circa 1911 Cole Model 30 somewhere in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Big tenant turnover

And in about 10 years, 813 H St. NW would become Lehman's Tire Shop.

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The building didn't change much.

Great Lines!

Beautiful early "sports" car in the vein of Stutz and Mercer (at least in terms of looks). I would take it happily, dents, scrapes, torn fender and all! Thanks for a wonderful piece of automobilia!

Vroom! Vroom!

OK Melvin, Now it's your turn.

Rimz

Those wheels put to shame those todays "big" 24-inch and so on wheels. 36 inches! Now that's what I call a WHEEL.

Early tires used a different sizing system than we use today. 36 referred to the outside diameter of the tire and 4 was the sidewall width. 36 minus 8 inches. Homeboy was rollin' on 24s. Shizzle!

[36 minus 8 is 28, n'est-ce pas? - Dave]

H Street NW

The 1906 Boyd's Directory had the following information:

John R. Galloway, Elec. Supplies 529 10th St NW
Nathan Eskin, tailor 910 E NW
William Vaughan, Stained & Leaded Glass 213 12th St. NW

By the printing of the 1908 Directory Mr. Vaughan had moved to 813 H Street NW, which is where I suspect this picture was taken. I can't imagine another William Vaughan making stained and leaded glass in Washington at the same time.

As a DC native, I really enjoy this site.

Rollin' on 36" wheels

Those wheels put to shame those todays "big" 24-inch and so on wheels. 36 inches! Now that's what I call a WHEEL.

Details

Nice picture, but it's much less impressive with the unrepaired body damage and chipping paint, plus an obviously bald tire next to a brand new one.

Firestone 36x4

Note that the tread of the good tire is made of the word NON-SKID repeated over and over.

John R. Galloway

He was a past president of the National Electrical Contractors Association. General Biography: Learned mechanical bell hanging at 12, worked at that business until he was 21. When the electric bell system was introduced, read up on electricity and went into the electrical contracting business. One of his first jobs was the installation of a bell system in the U.S. Capitol.

Separated by 99 years

This could be my car. It certainly has the rust, dings and scrapes all in the right places.

 
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