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Park Here: 1937

Park Here: 1937

July 1937. "Parking lot in Washington, D.C." Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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Car Show

77 years later, the cars in this parking lot could be the entries in a very nice vintage car show. Some beautiful vehicles here!

Roadster ID suggestion

1931 Cadillac or LaSalle. Note two cowl vents and fender lamps, features of both Cadillac & its companion make LaSalle.

Spite Wall or Spaghetti Factory?

I was intrigued by the ghost of an old house on the wall at right, and then realized that the wall itself seems to be part of a two-story building that is not even as wide as the length of the cars parked next to it. The brick roof parapet appears to be on all three visible sides of the structure, and encloses chimneys and skylights. If it's actually part of the lower structure at the far right, that's a very unusual layout for an old American urban brick building, but such things sometimes got built on narrow right-of-way lots. Too bad there's no 1937 Street View to click on and see what the facade looked like.

Convertible Roadster

Very interested to identify the convertible roadster parked next to the attendant's station. Has a suitcase luggage rack mounted on the rear. What a lovely automobile.

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