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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

New Old Stock: 1925

New Old Stock: 1925

Rockville, Maryland, circa 1925. "Montgomery County Motor Co." (the Chevrolet dealer seen here). National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Keeping Warm

At left is the ubiquitous potbellied stove, so that staff and customer alike could keep warm while discussing that valve spring or tire patch.

More Weathermen

Someone's keeping serious track of the weather, by the look of those atmospheric pressure charts.

Have a Seat

I worked for a bearing company in Fresno that started in 1912. We still had the roller bearings (like those pictured), babbit material, and chains for the drives of the old trucks and cars. The old place had what appears to be the same style shelving, too. Would also like to note the nice chair in the right of the photograph. Anyone think it is a Stickley??

Not fussy

It seems to be a Chevrolet dealership that has no problem also selling Ford parts.

Atwater Kent Radio

This establishment was probably an Atwater Kent distributor. The company sold its radio products along with ignition parts through automobile outlets during this time. The set is a Model 24 receiver and Model M horn speaker. This is one of the few pictures I have seen showing how the set would be hooked up to a 6 volt car battery for powering the tube filaments and a high voltage dry battery for the plate voltages.

Up To Date

A customer who waits in the chair had the latest Atwater Kent Radio and speaker at his command, if the batteries were up.

Simplicity itself

Just think how simple it must have been working on those engines! And amazingly many an old Model T got about the same mileage as today's complicated cars.

Ceiling construction

Anyone know what that ceiling is? I know drywall wasn't around in 1925 so I'm curious as to what the method was there? Some kind of plaster board perhaps with battens?
Also check out that floor. Concrete tiles?

[Drywall was indeed around in 1925. Used in the construction of many government buildings in and around Washington during World War I. - Dave]

Parts Dept.

This is in the smaller building to the right ("Parts," "Used Cars") in the previous post. The Seiberling All-Treads sign is in the window in both photos.

 
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