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Minute Service No. 5: 1925

Minute Service No. 5: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "Texas Company. Linworth Place and C Street S.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Minute Service Station

Yes, it is quite small.

Long shadows

Looks like an early morning shot - very long shadows and no evidence of people anywhere, even in the car waiting for gas. Haunting photo.

Gas lamps

If ever in Manhattan Beach CA, you'll see a handful of streets within a few blocks of the ocean have gas lamps, which are four sided. I bought a house on 21st Street for that reason. So. Cal. Gas Co. has a special division that repairs/maintains them.

Linworth Place

Linworth Place ran for a block on either side of C between 13th and 14th SW. By the 1930s the USDA building expanded south into the north block of Linworth Place. The south block was razed for an engraving annex and steam plant.

It's not hard to imagine the need for more space at the USDA given the importance of the agency during The Depression helping farms, food distribution, and loans.

Long Gone

There's no trace of Linworth Place on current maps, at least that I can find. Either it's the short stretch south of Agriculture that's now marked as 13th St., or it was wiped out for some federal building or for I-395. In any event every single building depicted is surely long gone.

Gas and Gas

Are those gas street lamps on the street? And yet the station itself seems to have electric lamps around it. Another example of a transitional period. I don't think I've ever been in the presence of a functioning gas lamp.

Darn it.

Street Light - Street Sign Combo

Now that is a beautiful thing. Someone had a good idea there.

Street Architecture

I'm no expert, but that street light looks 19th Century. I always enjoy seeing these moments of transition, as here with automobiles and Victorian-era housing and street lamps. And I'm also guessing that's a Franklin auto sitting at the pump.


How 'bout that..... There is still horse exhaust in the street from what, the milkman or possibly other delivery-types. Great image that captures a transitional period in our history.

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