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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Hot Bed Sash: 1926

Hot Bed Sash: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Washington Cadillac Co." A glossy new Cadillac in front of Barker Lumber, your headquarters for newels, balusters and "hot bed sash." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Oh, for a time machine!

I would LOVE to bring this beauty to a classic car sow today! I could probably pay off my mortgage with the proceeds from its sale.

[You'd definitely be bringing home the bacon. - Dave]

Hot vs. cold bed

A hot bed has a source of heat to accelerate growth and offer additional protection from freezing temps. The heat source is generally animal manure placed in the bottom of the frame, below a shelf or a layer of straw, with the plant containers set on top of this. The manure gives off heat as it decomposes.

The Lux Lounge

is the current tenant. Now your headquarters for the Cosmopolitan, Apple Martini, Nutty Irishman and the Fuzzy Navel.

Duco™

Cadillacs of this era were painted with DuPont's Duco brand of nitrocellulose lacquer. With a good compounding and wax job, a perfect mirror finish was the result, till the next compounding and wax job anyway.

Hotbeds

A hotbed seems to be something like a cold frame for growing tomatoes and eggplants. Not sure what the difference would be.

Lumberman

I wonder if that's Mr. Barker at the wheel.

The address

651-649 New York Avenue NW.

So sorry they're gone

Barker Lumber was still in business in this same location on New York Avenue until a few years ago. It was handy to be able to buy wooden trim and moldings there and just carry it all home on my shoulder. I didn't own a car at the time, so driving to the burbs to go to Home Depot wasn't an option. This building is only a short distance from the new Convention Center. The entire neighborhood has been changing, but not as fast as you might think. The building is still standing, but is no longer a lumber business.

And now you know

Why it's called the trunk.

 
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