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Hotel Occidental: 1920

Hotel Occidental: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. Gustav Buchholz's Occidental hotel and restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue. Just out of frame to the left would be Childs' Restaurant, seen a few posts back. Rising on the right is the Willard Hotel. View full size.

 

Women's Lounge: 1913

Women's Lounge: 1913

Circa 1913. "Bureau of Engraving and Printing." This would seem to be the ladies' lunchroom. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Inner Childs: 1920

The Inner Childs: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Peyse & Patzy[?]. Childs Restaurant." Acres of white tile for that hygienic, sanitary look. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Childs Restaurant: 1918

Childs Restaurant: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Childs Restaurant, 1423 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Haute Cuisine: 1920

Haute Cuisine: 1920

"No caption." Rooftop dining somewhere near the Washington Monument circa 1920. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mouquin's: 1910

Mouquin's: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Mouquin Restaurant & Wine Co., 456 Sixth Avenue. Part of the building was originally the Varian farmhouse; for many years the place was known as the Knickerbocker cottage." Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Canteen: 1918

Canteen: 1918

Washington circa 1918. "U.S. Food Administration." Dining room in the new Food Administration headquarters. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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