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Vintage photos of:
Rowhouses on the east side of the 4700 block of 8th Street N.W., Washington D.C.: 2008. For "then and now" comparison with same block in 1923, soon after being built. Note the aerial photo currently in the comments of the 1923 photo is of the west side of 4600 block of 8th (4700 block is between Crittenden and Decatur).
Service Station at Georgia and Upshur Avenues NW, Washington DC; 2008. Location of the Minute Service Station #2 in 1926. Surprisingly, it appears that the pumps are in the same location 80+ years later. Let's hope they have actually replaced the underground tanks along the way.
April 21, 1955. Inside the Rainbow Market in Larkspur, Calif. After my father sold his store in San Francisco, he worked here in one of our home town's two grocery stores for a few years. That's him in a white apron at the end of the aisle. The exterior of the building can be seen here. My brother also took this shot while he was at it, also on 35mm Tri-X. View full size.
Houses in 400 Block of F Street N.E., photographed in 2008. These same houses (#412, #414, & #416) appear in the 1921 Photograph of a Whistle Beverage delivery truck. The location is directly across the street from the former site of the Whistle Bottling Works. The bottling plant is long gone, but the houses remain. Other then paint and replaced porch columns, little on the houses has changed. #416 even has a flower pot along the right side of the steps in the same place.
622 North Carolina Ave S.E., in the Eastern Market District of Capitol Hill, Washington DC. As seen in 2008, for comparison with 1926 photo. Note the round window, a feature relatively unique in Capitol Hill row-houses. Most, if not all, of the houses in the 1926 photo remain but unfortunately trees and shrubs prevent a good overall street-view comparison.
1940s. Flowers Baking Company of Thomasville, Georgia - marketers of Sunbeam Bread. Name of bread man unknown. View full size.