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Use a Vapor Stove: 1901

Use a Vapor Stove: 1901

Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "An elevated view from the Randall School's roof looking east to southeast -- Half & South Capitol Streets, and I & K Streets." Our title can be found on the left side of this 8x10 glass plate negative from the D.C. Street Survey Collection. View full size.


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No, thank you.

I'll pass on the vapor stove. I have a hard enough time filling the lawn mower tank.

gas stove, boom


Til I looked at the Full Size version I assumed the plant (in front of the Stove Store) was running and the stack had an exhaust plume. Then I realized the smoke is a remnant on the negative.

[It is not a "remnant" (and the proper term would be "artifact"). - Dave]


Do you suppose the exposure was long enough that the person sitting down, and his ghostly friends, are the same people at the end of the street?


At center left, we can see the stone-reinforced east bank of the James Creek Canal. According to a 1977 Interior Department report, "citizens fell into the unfenced waterway at an astounding rate, sometimes resulting in as many as one drowning per month." Eventually, the foul-smelling canal was converted into an underground sewer.

In the far distance to the left of the flagpole, we see the gasometer at 12th & M SE, which put in a cameo appearance on Shorpy some years back.

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