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Dr. Kuhmerker: 1921

Dr. Kuhmerker: 1921

Washington, D.C., in 1921. "912 14th Street." Typewriters, manicures and a center-door Model T Ford. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Hands off

Chiropodist (chiro=hand, pod=foot) was the term used in the days before the AMA usurped chiropodists' legal ability to diagnose, treat or operate on the hands. After the AMA was done, chiropodists could only deal with the feet, hence the change to "podiatrist."

The Drs. Kuhmerker

Washington Post, August 4, 1950.

Dr. Kuhmerker, Chiropodist 30 Years, Dies

Funeral services for Dr. Annie Kuhmerker, 75, surgeon chiropodist who died Wednesday at Washington Sanitarium, will be held today at 11 a.m. at Danzansky's Funeral Home, 3501 14th st. nw. Burial will be in Washington Hebrew Congregational Cemetery.

Mrs. Kuhmerker had practiced chiropody in Washington for the last 30 years, with offices in the American Building, 1317 F st. nw. Her husband, Dr. Max Kuhmerker, who died in 1936, had also been a chiropodist.

A native of New York City, Mrs. Kuhmerker came to Washington about 40 years ago. She was a member of the District Podiatry Society, the Washington Hebrew Congregation and the United Order of True Sisters.

She made her home at 3819 Upton st. nw with her daughter, Mrs. Emanuel Colman, who survives her.

Assorted spares

ranging from slim to none.

They Are the Magi

I'm looking for a trimmed Della coming out of the Rochon Hair Goods shop with the money to buy a fob for Jim's watch.

Terms Aplenty

"Chiropodest" - now, thanks to Shorpy, I know another term for podiatrist, in case I should ever develop foot trouble.

[Chirop, chiropoder, chiropodest. - Dave]

Center door T

The center door has got to be the most awkward design ever. The door opens to the space between the front and back seats. You have to crawl between the two front seats to get into one of them. Did I mention that the driver sits on top of the gas tank?

 
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