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Stonestep: 1925

Stonestep: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Mrs. B.L. O'Leary house." The 2009 F Street N.W. residence of one Mrs. Bessie Lawton O'Leary, born Bessie Stanton Lawton, mother of Edwin Lawton O'Leary. The sign by the door reads "Stonestep -- Rooms, Meals." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Old King Coal: 1925

Old King Coal: 1925

Another view from 1925 of the W.H. Hessick & Son coal yard in Northeast Washington, D.C. By December 1925, the company had moved to 14th and Water Streets S.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hessick and Son: 1925

Hessick and Son: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Hessick & Son Coal Co." The company's catchy slogan: "Anthracite and Bituminous Coal in All Sizes (Furnace, Stove, Egg, Chestnut, Pea) for Immediate Delivery." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Steuart's Garage: 1920

Steuart's Garage: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Steuart's Garage, 12th Street N.E., exterior." Last week we saw the interior. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Songbird: 1921

Songbird: 1921

One of three circa 1921 glass negatives in the Bain archive labeled "Orloff." Who can identify this diaphanously draped mystery girl? The photo would have been taken in or around New York. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Tiller Girls: 1926

Tiller Girls: 1926

New York, 1926. "Tiller girls." Arriving from England, 16 chorus girls in the troupe originated by British musical-theater impresario and precision-dancing pioneer John Tiller. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain. View full size.

 

Suffrage Caravan: 1913

Suffrage Caravan: 1913

New York, August 1913. "Suffragettes on hike to Boston." Our third look at the suffrage caravan. On the right in white is Elizabeth Freeman, probably with her fellow suffragist travelers Elsie MacKenzie and Vera Wentworth. The lady with the sash might be Elizabeth Worth Mueller, their chaperon. The horse, if it's the same one who conveyed Elizabeth on a previous escapade, was a steed of artistic temperament (he liked sunsets and the color yellow) named Lausanne, who cost $59.98. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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