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If I Had a Trailer: 1921

If I Had a Trailer: 1921

May 1921. Washington, D.C. "Charles Seeger, a composer, is a brother of Alan Seeger, the war poet. His wife is a distinguished violinist." And their baby boy will grow up to be folk legend Pete Seeger. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

        Ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger, seated in automobile, with family, standing, L-R: wife Constance Seeger, concert violinist, holding son Pete (1919-2014), and sons John and Charles. The family is ready to leave Washington, D.C., for their 1921 "trailer trip" musical expedition to bring classical music to rural areas.

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Saks Fur

is 1212 F Street NW. A photo of it from the same time period can be found Other Shorpy users have some real good information in the comments there.

Washington, D.C?

Washington, D.C. prohibited overhead wires for streetcar lines. The trackage in the foreground does not have a "slot" as the underground alternative method of powering transit cars.

[That's the space between two sets of tracks. -tterrace]

Can anyone identify the location of Saks Fur?

[Ahah! I see it now.]

The Seegers

Weren't they featured in previous pictures? I think they were at a camp site in New York.

[Click the link to the "trailer trip" in the caption; then more links in that photo's caption. Or use the "Search Shorpy" box for "Seeger." -tterrace]

If I had a trailer ...

If I had a trailer
I'd pull it in the morning
I'd pull it in the evening
all over this land ...

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