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Home Office: 1920

Home Office: 1920

"H.E.F. in den, 2227 Nichols Avenue," circa 1920. Herbert E. French owned National Photo, the source for so many of the images seen here. Evidently he surrounded himself with his work. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Stand Back, Folks: 1917

Stand Back, Folks: 1917

Our third look at that circa 1917 car wreck at Massachusetts Avenue and 21st Street N.W. in Washington. As with so many of these old glass negatives, mold is colonizing the thicker parts of the emulsion. The result is an accident scene that looks like it's been dusted with flour. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Shoo's: 1917

Shoo's: 1917

Washington circa 1917. Shoomaker's saloon at 1311 E Street N.W. after having moved from 1331 E Street in late 1914. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size. Thanks to Quondam Washington for the inspiration.

 

Car Search: 1923

Car Search: 1923

"Auto wreck. December 31, 1923." Looking for the car hauled up in the previous post. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Death Car: 1923

Death Car: 1923

"Auto wreck. December 31, 1923." Continuing this week's theme of vehicular mishaps on (and off) the roads of Washington, D.C. On New Year's Eve, this car was in the drink. See the comments for details about this fatal accident in the Tidal Basin. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fire: 1926

Fire: 1926

Washington, D.C. "Fire at Thomas Somerville plant, July 20, 1926." 312 13th Street N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Union Garage: 1924

Union Garage: 1924

Washington circa 1924. "Union Garage." The Union Building on G Street, venue for the 1917 Auto Show. In July 1917 it was taken over by the Semmes Motor Company, offering 24-hour repair service as well as showrooms for Dodge and Hudson cars. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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