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Tread Whitely: 1920

Tread Whitely: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Mid-Washington Service Co., 14th Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

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Marble Tile

I like the title of this pic, Dave. The marble tiles at the base of the window are probably green and a nice touch to the display.

Tire shop long gone

But the church in the reflection is still there. From Motor World for Jobbers, Dealers and Garagemen, Volume 61: Paul Grimes opened his shop at 1602 14th Street NW. Here is what you see today in the reflected scene.

Simply Elegant Display

This elegantly simple window dressing also serves as a reminder that auto tires/tubes were originally white, like latex. The addition of carbon black to tire rubber dramatically improved tensile strength and durability, while reducing damage from heat stress. Oh, and black tires were a lot easier to keep clean.

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