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Someone took this Ektachrome slide of my uncle in his newly-acquired MG around 1955, in front of his San Francisco home (on the right). Why the Caddy limo is there, or if it's connected with the event, I don't know; based on the front fender trim,
I think it's a '54 (turns out it's a '53). Appears to be a registration certificate taped inside the windshield. I presume it's parked facing the wrong way on the street because Cadillac limos get to do that. Next-door neighbor kid seems entranced by the scene, as I would have been. Random red clouds are unexplained as well. View full size.
Circa 1924, "Metropolitan Methodist Church, C Street, Washington, D.C." And the Ford building next door. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size. The church, at C Street NW and John Marshall Place, was abandoned and razed after the congregation moved to its Nebraska Avenue location in the 1930s. The 1905 Ford Motor Co. building on Pennsylvania Avenue was torn down in 1980.
Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "I.C. Barber Motor Co., 14th & Irving Streets N.W." Here we have everything from a Hudson-Essex car dealership to moving vans to a florist to "scalp specials." And not only ghost pedestrians in this time exposure but a ghost car! Also note the use of trees as 1 Hour Parking signposts. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.