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Frank and Bacon: 1924
... D.C., circa 1924. "Stephen Frank -- Auth Provision Co., Center Market." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. Razed in 1931 The block that Center Market occupied is now the home of the National Archives. D.C. still ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/18/2014 - 12:59am -

Frank and Bacon: 1924

Center Market: 1890
Wagons at the Center Market, Washington, D.C., circa 1890. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 1:49pm -

Center Market: 1890

Center Market: 1922
"Center Market, 1922." Produce vendors in Washington, D.C. National Photo ... in 1886 and operated this fruit and vegetable stand at Center Market on Pennsylvania Avenue (present site of the National Archives) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/10/2012 - 5:45pm -

Center Market: 1922

Shoe City: 1920
... by the Hahn's chain of shoe stores at Washington D.C.'s Center Market in July 1920. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. ... opened to hordes of shoe shoppers yearning to be shod. Center Market So here you see why the building would be familiar in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/04/2014 - 11:59am -

Shoe City: 1920

C.H. Javins: 1926
... seafood stand in our second look today at Washington's old Center Market. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full ... [What's the first word of the caption? - Dave] The Center Market Must have smelled like the rendering plant in this place. The ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/13/2011 - 11:56am -

C.H. Javins: 1926

Confederate Veterans: 1917
... 60s in 1917. A cool and timely picture. Convention Center Market Built in 1874, the city’s first convention center extended ... and sporting events. 1930 By the early 1930s, Center Market – the city's largest building – was located at Pennsylvania ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 11:00pm -

Confederate Veterans: 1917

Market Watch: 1921
Washington, D.C., 1921. "Center Market, 9th Street wing." Bananas, dancing and roller skating. National ... for Six Years C. Engel's Sons, wholesale provisions, Center Market, Washington, say about Autocar: "Best car ever made. We have ... The National Archives In this location today. Center Market had room for 700 vendors inside in 1900. Was built in 1871 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 3:42pm -

Market Watch: 1921

Parker, Bridget: 1921
... is right of center. View above from here . Center Market Center Market and Market Square used to sit on what is now the National ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/03/2012 - 1:53pm -

Parker, Bridget: 1921

Butter Eggs Cheese: 1926
... right, as this photo seems to have been taken near the Center Market at Eighth and Pennsylvania. Kudos for correctly identifying the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/08/2014 - 2:49pm -

Butter Eggs Cheese: 1926

Meat Market: 1926
... stand." The Charles Javins meat counter, or a neighbor, at Center Market. View full size. Sewing with fat I've always wanted to ... us. First, Charles H. Javin & Sons were fishmongers at Center Market. Second, Thomas R. Shipp was not a butcher but a PR man. More ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/13/2011 - 2:42am -

Meat Market: 1926

Birdman of Washington: 1915
... cart. This block of Louisiana Avenue is just west of Center Market and seems to have accommodated an overflow of merchants and ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/27/2012 - 1:52pm -

Birdman of Washington: 1915

Butter Eggs Cheese: 1925
... feel to it with that balcony. Nice picture. [Center Market was torn down in the 1930s to make way for the Constitution and ... The company will be located at No. 6 Wholesale Row, of the Center Market. Always Fresh Samples Will Be ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 3:12pm -

Butter Eggs Cheese: 1925

But Wait, There's More: 1923
... 7th Street facade so the geometry is not right to see Center Market in the reflection. Across the street would have been the Lincoln ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 10:38pm -

But Wait, There's More: 1923

Home Brew: 1926
... circa 1926. "Thomas R. Shipp Co. -- S.A. Gatti stand, Center Market." Offering malt extract, wine jelly and hops, three items for ... He was 96. His stand was one of many in the old Center Market, a two-block wholesale and retail produce emporium located on the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/15/2013 - 4:25pm -

Home Brew: 1926

This Little Piggy: 1935
Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Shopping at Center Market." Perusing the original whole foods. Acetate negative by Theodor ... of modern food courts within walking distance of the old Center Market location. Note however, that many of the food court vendors buy ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 4:38pm -

This Little Piggy: 1935

Vegetable Kingdom: 1924
... circa 1926. "Thos. R. Shipp Co. -- A.A. Anselmo stand, Center Market." Delectable produce from all points of the compass, fetchingly ... and Mrs Anthony Anselmo Ran a wholesale business at Center Market for many years. More recently the store was located at 1325 Water ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2012 - 8:47pm -

Vegetable Kingdom: 1924

Pineapples on Parade: 1936
June 1936. "Center Market -- Washington, D.C." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/04/2012 - 9:53pm -

Pineapples on Parade: 1936

The Shop Unique: 1919
... in the distance on the left is a large sign for the Center Market. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full ... from the 400 block of 8th Street NW (toward what was the Center Market as Dave noted and is now the National Archives). Looks like I ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 12:18am -

The Shop Unique: 1919

CarMax: 1921
... a feed, grain and hay business here, adjacent to the Old Center Market on what is now Constitution Avenue. In 1914, foreseeing the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 1:00pm -

CarMax: 1921

Rolling With the Punches: 1926
... -lesle Butcher Brown Walter Brown was a butcher at Center Market. The location is the north side of C Street NW, now the National ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 6:55pm -

Rolling With the Punches: 1926

He Sells Celery: 1912
April 1912. 10:30 p.m. at Center Market in Washington, D.C. Eleven-year-old celery vendor Gus Strateges, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 7:28pm -

He Sells Celery: 1912
 
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