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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Selinger window, 820 F Street N.W., sale of Army wrist watches." Wristwatches, which saw widespread use during the First World War as "trench watches," were entering the mainstream as the era of the pocket watch began to wind down. National Photo glass negative. View full size.
Alternate title: "The Blob." Washington, D.C., circa 1919. This glass negative is in sad shape but still has lots of interesting details, especially if you're a movie buff. A very indistinct scrawl along the edge has been transcribed as "Meadus Theater." Extra credit for the first commenter to Street View this. (UPDATE: Put your hands together for Charlene, who was the first to correctly name and locate this cinema -- Meader's Theater on Eighth Street S.E.) View full size.