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Parker, Bridget: 1921

Parker, Bridget: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Parker, Bridget & Co., Ninth Street and Market Space N.W. 1921 or 1922." View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Christmas!

It must have been a grand Holiday for everyone.

And a Merry Christmas to each of you!

Fire hazard!

A building wrapped in fir trees: what a fire hazard!

Eternal Presence

I find it fascinating that the people in this picture, although probably long-gone, have been captured on a day when their energy, activity and exuberance for life was in full bloom. Photography is a miraculous invention to record living history and I LOVE Shorpy. As for the shiny shoes, my grandfathers and father would not even leave the house without shining their shoes, even though we were as poor as churchmice. They made sure they were presentable when they went downtown and even if you owned only one pair, your shoes had to be shined.

Bootblack's Dream

Look at all the shiny shoes. It seems like everyone's were just polished.

Center Market

Center Market and Market Square used to sit on what is now the National Archives, at Seventh St and Penn Ave NW. I believe the corner shown in the photo is now the Navy Memorial and a Metro station.

Parker, Bridget

Looks like it was close to the mall and the Museum of Natural History. The store is right of center. View above from here.

Grand Scale

The "grand scale" of the stores in this latest series is wonderful. It helps me remember that there really is nothing new under the sun...

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