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Han Wah Laundry: 1901

Han Wah Laundry: 1901

Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "View of Sixth Street N.W., west side, looking north from I Street." 5x7 inch glass negative, D.C. Street Survey Collection. View full size.


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Bike & Camera Case

Is that our photographer's bike and camera case in the lower right corner of the image? I would suspect a tripod was also involved unless the camera was supported by some physical object like a wall etc.

[The case is for the photographer's glass negatives. - Dave]

Tree wrap

it looks like the trees are wrapped in chain link fencing.
Can anyone explain?

[Curbed horses tend to nibble. - Dave]

Future shock

There are signs and portents here of the Han Wah Laundry's future: a disembodied foot and the faint ghostly images of passers-by; the blurred image of the woman hurrying away with a baby buggy; the abandoned bicycle; the shadow pattern on the pavement that calls to mind a devilish face. A century later the quieter pace of a quieter age is gone.

Re: News Item

For a moment I thought stanton_square was back. (Note to new Shorpsters: this informative commenter, not seen for a few years now, provided relevant news items contemporaneous with the posted photo, in a distinctive format very similar to Dave’s comment.) I wonder where he / she got to.

Still Going Strong!!

This may be the first time that the D.C. Street Survey buildings shown are still here.

News Item

The Washington Post -- Aug. 14, 1903

Han Wah Moy's Clothes Gone

        Han Wah Moy, who conducts a laundry at 900 Sixth street northwest, failed to secure the door properly Wednesday night when he retired, and some one entered, carrying off the celestial's garments and a $5 bill which was in one of his pockets. Moy discovered the loss yesterday morning and, coming to police headquarters in borrowed clothes, reported the theft.
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