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It's the Friday before Christmas, which means it's time for a hallowed holiday tradition here at Shorpy: The Office Xmas Party! Which has been going on for close to 90 years now. Will Clarence in Sales ever get up the nerve to ask out Hermione from Accounting?
Washington, D.C., 1925. "Western Electric Co. group." There are enough little dramas playing out here to keep the forensic partyologists busy until Ground Hog Day. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.
The spherical tree, the scattershot expressions, the faint undercurrent of anomie and alienation -- yes, it's our annual holiday dispatch from the family of Washington, D.C., lawyer Raymond Dickey, who has a decade's worth of Christmases preserved in the archives of the National Photo Company. Their 1918 portrait, with an Army surgeon and map of World War I Europe, is even more dire than usual.
"Dickey Christmas tree -- 1918." 8x6 inch glass negative. View full size.
Promoters of a proposed "national highway" that would traverse the continent via Washington from New York to Southern California.
Circa 1926. "Mrs. J.A. Whitcomb (Official Car, Lee Highway Association, Cross Continent Trip, at White House)." National Photo glass negative. View full size.