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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

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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.

 

A Cottage for Sale: 1919

A Cottage for Sale: 1919

        The beautiful residence of John M. Henderson, 3815 Ingomar street, Chevy Chase, was purchased last week by Frances H. Brady, through the realty firm of Hartung & Gibbons, at a consideration of $17,000. This property, which consists of a 12-room and 3-bath house with a double garage, is situated at one of the highest elevations in this subdivision.

-- News item, The Washington Post, Oct. 12, 1919

        In February 2014, this "enchanting, sun-filled Victorian", listed with six bedrooms and five baths, sold for $2.4 million.

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Star, 3815 Ingomar, Chevy Chase." 6x8 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Warehouse Fire: 1925

Warehouse Fire: 1925

        A spectacular fire that spread with a rapidity that stunned firemen virtually destroyed the five-story warehouse of S. Kann & Sons, at Eighth and D streets northwest, shortly after 7 o'clock last night. Merchandise valued at $175,000 was destroyed by the fire, which raced through the building as though fanned by a giant bellows.
        It is believed that a cigarette was accidentally thrown into a basket of excelsior and that the basket was moved into the packing room from the street.
-- Washington Post

January 10, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Fire at S. Kanns warehouse, Eighth and D streets N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

At Ease: 1919

At Ease: 1919

        Soldiers from Walter Reed Army Hospital back from the front in World War I, enjoying a trip to the theater.

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Walter Reed boys at Shubert Garrick Theatre." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tractor Expo: 1922

Tractor Expo: 1922

October 1922. Washington, D.C. "Fordson tractor exposition at Camp Meigs." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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