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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Pennsylvania Avenue: 1919

Pennsylvania Avenue: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Street scene, Pennsylvania Avenue." Here we see the tower of the Old Post Office as well as a number of vanished Washington landmarks including the Parker Bridget department store. View full size.

 

Your "bareheaded boy"

is just that: a boy. Note the short trousers and knee-high stockings, which no self-respecting man would wear anywhere but the gymnasium. He's probably not yet twelve.

Doughboy

Notice the soldier on the far right, standing next to the elegant lady.

Topperless

It's rare to see anyone in this era not wearing a hat. But lo and behold, there he is standing on the end of the platform. What a rebel!!

Washington Evening Star

You can see the Evening Star building across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Old Post Office in this picture, and you can also see it today if you're in that part of town. (And you should see it, because it's beautiful.) Behind it in the picture you can see the Raleigh Hotel, which alas was demolished in 1964.

 
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