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[REV 25-NOV-2014]

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

TTerrace Terraces: 1979

TTerrace Terraces: 1979

Actually, my father's terraces, and there he is at the upper right, at age 77 still taking care of this whole place. Pretty much everything you see here exclusive of the house is his doing. The basic grading had been done by the time my folks bought the place in 1941, but over the years he put in all the pathways, stairs, trees, bushes and other plantings, here as well as the other half of the property. This just most of the back yard, site of the orchard and vegetable gardens. He's preparing one of the three tiers of the latter for planting. I think those are strawberries already sprouting. Later there'd be beans, corn, tomatoes, zucchini and squash. The fruit trees include apples, peaches, plums, prunes, apricots, figs and cherries. The one in the center casting a shadow on the bank of pink-blossoming oxalis is an avocado that grew for decades before finally producing some finger-sized fruit. A row of blackberries follows the stairway, which is lined by amaryllis. When, at the age of 11, I incorporated the yard as the City of Penton, I named those pathways, left to right: Plum Blvd., Compost Rd. (because the compost heaps used to be there) and Garage Ave. (because that's where the stairs went). The square thing above the avocado tree is the platform of my observatory. This Kodachrome slide was at the end of the roll, hence the phantom image of a batch tag or something at the right edge. View full size.

Addressograph: 1923

Addressograph: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Addressograph, 11th Street." I had written this off as too moldy to post, then saw the horse parked among the cars and baby parked in front of the fur store (is one baby-sitting the other?) and decided they deserved their 15 minutes of fame. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

The Alley: 1920

The Alley: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Smallwood, 1726 P Street." A variety of window treatments here. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Get Happy: 1925

Get Happy: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. Horace "Happy" Walker, leader of the band seen in the previous post. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Society Orchestra: 1923

Society Orchestra: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Happy Walker's Madrillion Society Orchestra." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Multigraphers: 1923

The Multigraphers: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Multigraph, Eastern High School." Reproduction 101. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Handle With Care: 1923

Handle With Care: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "City Post Office." Now the National Postal Museum. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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