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Hyattsville Hardware: 1940

Hyattsville Hardware: 1940

Prince George's County, Maryland, circa 1940. "Electric Institute of Washington, Potomac Electric Power Co. Stores of electric dealers. Hyattsville Hardware." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.


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If they don't got it

You don't need it. I wish I could shop in that store. I see lots of things I'd love to have.

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The electric roaster in the window caught my eye. My 90+ years old aunt has one like that and uses it regularly.

Now a great restaurant and craft beer venue

Franklin's Restaurant on Route One is a popular meeting place for Hyattsville residents. In the taller of the buildings shown is a store with unusual toys, games, candies, wines, and cooking utensils.

My Sears kit house was delivered in two railroad cars to the Hyattsville Hardware store, which sits next to the train tracks, in 1926, and delivered to the building site by a horse-drawn wagon.

The funky vibe of Franklin's has influenced the Arts District improvement plan for the mile or so north of it on Route One. The many old auto repair stores and dealers there were replaced by attractive row homes and small businesses.

Maryland No More

In 1925 Maryland Avenue was federally designated as Route 1, but there was also an area-wide street name change in the town in 1941 that eliminated many of the old historic street names.

Built in 1894, the Hyattsville Hardware building originally housed a blacksmith shop and a carriage maker. The Hyattsville Hardware Company opened here in 1914, and it has had several owners including Neuman Dudrow, the Norman brothers, and the Risden family. The store closed in 1990. The Franklin General Store opened in its place in 1992.

5121 Baltimore Avenue

Still standing.

[Did they change the name of the street? - Dave]

Dave - I'm not sure. I did an initial search using Maryland Ave. as a reference but couldn't find anything. I thought maybe the street was an extension of Maryland Ave. coming out of DC, but it didn't seem to line up (even considering possible street realignments over the years) and that it is actually the extension of Rhode Island Ave. I haven't done a more extensive search if any street name changes have occurred. Using the name of the store, I was able to find the building through a reference to the current business.

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