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Out of Town Papers: 1921

Out of Town Papers: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "National Fruit Co." Out-of-town bananas and news. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.



Below is the same view from May of 2016.

Pushcart Wars

Washington Post, Jul 31, 1921.

Defends Pushcart Men.

Salvatore Scalco Asks Permanent Stand for Vendors.

Holding that pushcart vendors furnish cheap fruit to thousands of Washingtonians and thus help to reduce living costs, Salvatore Scalco, president of the National Fruit Company, has written to the District commissioners asking that a place be set aside where these men can park their carts and sell fruit.

In his letter Mr. Scalco sets forth that fruit men have complained to him that they were arrested time and again for parking near the curbs to do business, and asks for some relief from this condition. He says the vendors can not be expected to keep moving continually during the warm weather. Mr. Scalco says that other cities have stands for fruit vendors.

Washington Post, Aug 28, 1921.

Fruit Men Fight "Move On" Rule.

Several Hundred to Meet and Act regarding Arrest of 150 Venders.

Several hundred fruit vendors will hold a meeting this afternoon at 921 Louisiana avenue northwest to protest arrests of push-cart men by the police for not "moving on." During last week nearly 150 were taken into custody, with the result that very few dare go on the streets.

Five were arrested yesterday and it is the plan to carry one of these as a test case to the courts. If the police court decides against the men, the case will be carried to the Court of Appeals. Harry G. Whelan is the attorney.

Salvatore Scalco, president and general manager of the National Fruit Company, sent letters of protest to the commissioners and Representative Benjamin K. Focht, chairman of the House District committee. Scalco pointed out that an injustice was being done the push-cart men, as they had purchased licenses to sell there wares, and then were not allowed to do so. He asserted that taxicabs, flower stands and bootblack stands were permitted to solicit trade on the streets.

Scalco asserted that the push cart men sell approximately 70 per cent of the fruit and vegetables which are disposed of in the city. He added that they are able, because of having no overhead expenses, to sell fruit and vegetables 50 per cent cheaper than the usual prices.

Washington Post, Aug 11, 1922.

Frees Pushcart Peddlers.

Judge Hardison Holds Law Regulating Them is Discriminatory.

Holding that the regulation which compels pushcart vendors to keep moving when not actually making sales, is unsound and discriminatory. Judge Hardison yesterday dismissed charges of loitering filed against Gus Cocos, Mike Bebeleueas and John Spinocalos pushcart peddlers.

Judge Hardison said the only persons interested in keeping the men on the move are merchants who sell similar products. The court said that these peddlers are the enemies of the high cost of living. The judge holds that the law is unreasonable as the men are taxed for a license, and then harried.

Chas. H. Potter & Co

Looking northeast at the 400 block of 11th St. N.W. Number 421 has survived (or at least its facade has survived) as well as the its neighbors further down the block.

Washington Post, Jul 9, 1926.

Chas. H. Potter & Co. Inc.

High Grade Printing Service.
421 Eleventh St. N.W.
Phone Main 3550.

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The thin cloud cover and position of the sun provided great lighting when the Streetview car captured this block. Do the google streetview drivers take such things into account when planning routes?

"No More Yokels Left"

In 1905 Arthur Hotaling established an Out of Town newspaper business at 142 West 42nd Street smack in the middle of Times Square. He sold over 200 U.S. newspapers and a thousand foreign ones to homesick New Yorkers as well to Big Apple visitors. In 1999, with the business failing and having moved it to 630 W 42nd St in Hells Kitchen, he finally closed up shop. Hotaling's was a victim of the Internet, which allowed his patrons to follow the home town goings on without a trip to the newsies. The last owner, also named Arthur Hotaling, was quoted saying that there "were no more Yokels left". Cue Gwen Verdon singing "If they could see me now".

400 Block of 11th Street NW

I had never seen this shot before and was surprised that at least one of the buildings still stands. This was taken looking northeast on the 400 block of 11th Street NW. The Charles H. Potter Co. was at 431 11th. The building two doors north of the Potter building (to the left of it in the image) still stands.

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Late, lamented Evening Star

Fellow longtime Washingtonians, shed a tear for a newspaper lost to history - another bit of my youth gone.

Jewish Community Center

It's fun to stay at the Y - M - H - A ...

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