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Thompson Branch: 1920

Thompson Branch: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, 15th Street & New York Avenue N.W." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Of Human Bondage

The Bond Building is on the opposite corner of this city square at 14th & New York Ave. (SW corner). Liggett's is housed in the Home Life Building, which had its main entrance on G St.

Drug store competitors.

These buildings are along 15th Street Northwest in Washington just up and opposite the Treasury Building; New York Avenue is out of sight just to the left, next to the George Washington Hotel which wrapped around the corner of the two streets. W. S. Thompson, who built the building at center where People's is, was a major druggist in DC by the 1850s. Liggett's Drug Store at right is on the ground floor of the Bond Building. G Street is at far right. All of these buildings were razed to build The Washington Building.

Fire in 1899

From the American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record: Nov. 1899 “The pharmacy of W. S Thompson, at 703 Fifteenth Street, NW Washington, caught fire on the 1st and W. L. Hurxthal, the night prescription clerk had a narrow escape from death”

Re: Single pane vertical jalousie?

I've heard architects call these pivot windows. They can be horizontal or vertical. Casement windows open on hinges, like doors.

The kitchen at my elementary school had horizontal pivot windows, with half-cylindrical screens on the outside. A bit awkward to make, but you could adjust the windows to catch a breeze or keep rain out.

Not so many mosquitoes on the third floor, but I'd worry about pigeons.

Single Pane Vertical Jalousie?

No clue what you would call those interesting 19th century windows that open vertically on a center pivot.

This arrangement would work very well for cleaning the glass.

But in hot and humid Washington DC summers, you could not have screens, to keep out insects, when you opened them. The building on the left does. Would you name that window style mosquito invitational?

[They're casement windows. - Dave]

Long time tenant

W. S. Thompson has been there awhile.

There's a newspaper reference from the Evening Star, July 29, 1863:

"Important Local Mail Arrangements. The Postmaster General has selected the following places for station letter boxes for the convenience of our citizens. All letters dropped in these boxes, either for transmission by mail or local delivery, will be called for by the letter carriers for each district."

"Third District -- White, P., grocery,Thirteenth and P street: Kidwell A; Lawrence, druggest, between Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets; Thompson, W. S., druggist, New York avenue and Fifteenth street; Ford, Dr., druggist. Eleventh street and Pa. avenue; Dayton's bakery, ? 45ft Eleventh street, between G and H."

Also an ad from The National Republican, October 22, 1867:

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