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Mothproof: 1920

Mothproof: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Peoples Drug Store, 14th & U." A nighttime view of the store seen here and here and here. Your headquarters for "tar bags." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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What are Tar Bags?

[Mothproof garment bags. - Dave]

Broom anyone?

You would have thought they would send the stock boy out to at least broom off the front entrance sidewalk before snapping a pic of the store. While he's at it, give him a quart of paint and a brush for the front door.

"Cafe and Dairy Lunch"

appears to be on the wall behind the Peoples Drug sign. Let's hope they moved to a new location and didn't go out of business.

The sidewalk is filthy with cigar butts and other trash. That wasn't unusual in the old days. I remember it being that way when I was a kid. Try throwing a candy bar wrapper or cigar butt on the ground today in front of someone and see what happens.

They don't sell light bulbs

Evidently, since I count 25 burned out in the sign.

It's organized

Bug killing stuff on the left, people killing stuff on the right.

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