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Traffic Control: 1931

Traffic Control: 1931

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Fifteenth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." Note the traffic lights, which made their D.C. debut in 1926, as well as the traffic-cop gazebo at center ("NO LEFT TURN") and streetcar switch tower to its left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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A small correction - this is actually at the intersection of 15th and New York Ave.


Below is the same view from May of 2015.

Right on the money

The American Security Bank building was just visible--in more or less this same angle--on the back of the old US $10 bill, behind the Treasury building. In fact, the bank used the slogan "Right on the money" in their advertising. The car on the bill was apparently a 1926 Hupmobile, which could well have been on the road in the photo.

The view today

The American Security bank is now a Bank of America. Wouldn't you know?

What would

the (apparently) eight-sided structure across the street on the corner have been?

[Perhaps that information is in the photo caption. - Dave]

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