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Here It Is: 1924

Here It Is: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Indian Refining Co. -- Havoline Oil." The "Wasson Motor Check" at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW, glimpsed earlier in this post. Details of "this wonderful machine" in the comments below. View full size.


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Streetcar Conduit

Every time a Shorpy picture includes a streetcar line with a Conduit for power supply, it seems it's inevitable that someone will ask about the system. Washington, DC and New York City were the primary users.

These drawings from a 1901 textbook on Electric Railways illustrate clearly how the system worked.

Street tracks

The streetcar tracks seem to have a groove in the center of the rails. Does anyone know if this is for an electrical pickup, or more of a cable car type of arrangement? If it is an electrical pickup, does this have a special name other than "third rail"? There certainly are no overhead wires.

[The center slot provides access to an electrical conduit. -tterrace]

Before Strunk. Before White.

All on the wondeful machine which has cast in the discard all theories as to what oil should do by showing what oil really does in a running engine.

Motor Check Details

Ad from the Aug. 2, 1924, Washington Post. Click to enlarge.

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