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A Small Hotel: 1925

A Small Hotel: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "George Washington Inn, C Street S.E." Last glimpsed here and here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.


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Washington Post, August 1924.

George Washington Inn

Apartment Hotel

Housekeeping and nonhousekeeping apartments for rent by week or month. Summer rates. Phone Lincoln 3101.

New Jersey avenue and C Street Southeast

A brochure from the hotel, click for slightly bigger:

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An Array of Solutions

The cars parked facing the camera display a variety of solutions to operating in cold weather, ranging from a piece of cardboard across the radiator grille (on the right) to a rather elaborate, whole-hood shroud with a roll-up section encompassing the radiator (at left). More expensive machines, such as the next-to-last on the left had adjustable radiator louvers that could be opened or shut from the driver's seat.

For a variety of reasons, early internal combustion engines started hard and idled roughly when the temperature dipped below freezing. Temporarily blocking air flow through the radiator helped the engine reach optimal operating temperature faster, and in the days when the driver had to cope with setting a hand throttle, advancing or retarding the spark manually, and shifting an unsynchronized transmission via a primitive clutch, any aid to smoothing things out was appreciated.

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