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King Street: 1921

King Street: 1921

King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. 1921 or 1922. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Who can pinpoint the intersection?

 

Dirty Laundry: 1924

Dirty Laundry: 1924

"Old Colony Laundry. Ford Motor Co." Washington, D.C., in 1924, when the streets were a honking sooty gridlock of trucks delivering diapers, blackberry pie and Whistle. Note the integrated, state-of-the-art turn signal attached to the cab. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pie Patrol: 1920

Pie Patrol: 1920

Washington again, circa 1920. "Holmes Bakery truck. Ford Motor Co." A sight sadly missing from the streets of our nation's capital lo these many years: big trucks delivering fresh blackberry pie. View full pies. National Photo Company.

 

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Whistle Bottling Works." Yet another outpost in the Whistle beverage empire. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Somehow I can envision a musical based on this place. Kind of like "The Pajama Game," but instead of sleepwear, soda pop. And of course whistling.

 

Whistle Bottling Works: 1925

Whistle Bottling Works: 1925

"Whistle Bottling Works." The Whistle beverage plant in Washington, D.C., in 1925. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Piggly Wiggly: 1924

Piggly Wiggly: 1924

1924. Piggly Wiggly trucks in Washington, D.C., at the Christo Cola Bottling Co. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Lincoln Seven-Passenger Limousine: 1922

Lincoln Seven-Passenger Limousine: 1922

"While extremely well-built, Lincoln styling in the beginning was behind the times, and the company went into receivership in 1922 after less than two years of car production. It was purchased by Henry Ford for $8 million." View full size.

 
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