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Afternoon Delights: 1919

Afternoon Delights: 1919

Lunch wagon in Washington, D.C., circa 1919. On the box: "Leoffler's Liberty Lunch 20¢" View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. The Liberty Lunch street address was 100 Florida Avenue NE.


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Until 1922, states did not necessarily recognize each other's plates, as they do now. Maryland plates were not valid in the District of Columbia and Virginia, and vice versa. If somebody from the District leftWashington, he'd better have the proper VA or MD plates or risk getting pulled over! Thus you'll often see cars from this era sporting more than one plate. For more plate photos check out

License plates

I have the mutant gene that makes me collect old license plates, so naturally I enjoy any Shorpy photo of a duly registered vehicle. However this one, and others in D.C. photos on this site, seem to be dually registered, in both D.C. and Maryland. Does anyone know if the folks in D.C. back then were made to have two plates - one D.C., and the other Md., or Va.? If it's a commercial vehicle it would be understandable, but this old car seems to be someone's personal vehicle.


The woman on the left appears to be looking at the inside of the lid. I bet there is a menu there.

[Looking for volunteers to go back in time and peek in the box. Anyone? - Dave]


What were the meal choices? Seems to me there was a good few because these ladies seem like they just can't choose.

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