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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EGYPT FOR WINTER SUNSHINE, 1937

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Batteries R Us: 1919

Batteries R Us: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Roy F. Carty group, 1407 14th Street N.W." The storefront last glimpsed here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Signs of Silliness: 1925

Signs of Silliness: 1925

The Glen Echo amusement park fun house in Maryland circa 1925. Our second look at these silly signs. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Orphan Odyssey: 1924

Orphan Odyssey: 1924

23 Students Here After
Crossing Continent on Way to Florida.

        The tourists' camp in East Potomac park has been temporarily converted into a school. Twenty-three children from 3 to 19 years of age, students of the Draper's Children's Home, of Des Moines, Wash., are making their home there after a five month's trip across the continent.
        They left Des Moines in June in a caravan of sleeping trucks, kitchen wagons and closed automobiles, bound for Florida, where they will pass the winter. They arrived here Friday. H.M. Draper, superintendent, heads the school-caravan.
        A tutor is with the caravan and the children have daily school sessions. The report of their progress is mailed back to the superintendent of schools in Spokane, Wash., where they normally attend.
        Most of the children are musicians or singers. Saturday they serenaded The Washington Post and the District commissioners and they are planning outdoor concerts here for this week.

-- The Washington Post, Nov. 24, 1924

Nov. 25, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Orphans of Des Moines, Wash., at tourist camp." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dime-Store Ghosts: 1919

Dime-Store Ghosts: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "McCrory's 5 and 10 Cent Store, Seventh Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Milton Apartments: 1920

Milton Apartments: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Milton Apartments, H Street N.W." Where the amenities include a mounting block for stepping into one's carriage. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ramshackle Storage: 1900

Ramshackle Storage: 1900

Washington, D.C., circa 1900. "Old warehouse, Water Street S.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Canoe Club: 1914

Canoe Club: 1914

On the banks of the Potomac circa 1914. "Summer camps: G. Whiz Canoe Club." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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