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Printcraft: 1928

Printcraft: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Wardman Construction Co. -- Printcraft Building, 930 H Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Shadows of days past

I always like seeing the remnants of past buildings reflected on the walls of remaining buildings. You can see the echoes of the roof line, the wall treatments, and the stairway rise all still adhering to the wall of the building to the right.


In 1978, this building was owned by the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company. I went to this building to apply and even took my physical (including blood test) here. I was hired and worked at other C&P buildings in the city, then in 1983 I had a job here on the 6th floor for three years supervising the folks who kept the plant records and assigned the cable pairs. While I was in this job, we changed from paper records and order processing to the first computerized records and processing. Smoking became prohibited in the main room because it would harm the CRTs. Heady times. The brick building to the right was still there. We enjoyed having the convention center (now completely replaced) across the street.

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