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Sullivan's Saloon: 1901

Sullivan's Saloon: 1901

Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "Elevated view of Virginia Avenue S.W. at E Street, showing Sullivan's Saloon & Pool Room." 5x7 glass negative from the D.C. Street Survey. View full size.


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Catch them young

Playing "Saloon".

Fine wines in a saloon?

I would love to know what those "fine wines" were.

Gates down

I see three of the four crossing gates are down. The fourth is off the lower left side of the photo. This style of crossing has a gate on all four corners.

The Crossing Gate Conumdrum

The near crossing gate that Phare Pleigh mentioned is definitely down but the one near the crossing guard's house is still up. Is the guard sleeping?

[He's num. - Dave]

You know she's asking

“Is my father in there?”

Am I the only one hearing the voice of Robert Preston?

"You got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table.
Pockets that mark the diff'rence
Between a gentlemen and a bum,
With a capital "B,"
And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!"

Smoke in the Distance

And the crossing gate is down to the left of Sullivan's. If only the photographer had waited a little longer we could have seen the train.

Very legible lettering

Some long-forgotten sign painter did a very good job on this wall. The window displays also reveal design skills. Wonder if this was paid for in cash or traded out for a bar tab and table fees.

Over a barrel

Note child hunched over paperwork on the barrel. Online schooling?

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