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Painless Dentist: 1918

Painless Dentist: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Emergency Fleet Corporation, building exterior." Do streetscapes come any better than this? An interesting juxtaposition of signs (Painless Dentist, Wines & Whiskies), and of course there's that ghastly set of rotten choppers. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Buildings still going strong a century later.

These two buildings - 407 and 405 Seventh Street NW - still exist in 2019. The popular Mexican restaurant Oyamel Cocina Mexicana occupies the ground floor of both addresses and the building out of sight to the right (on the NE corner of 7th and D). Oyamel uses the address 401 7th Street NW.

Deserted shop fronts

Perhaps the neighbors found the constant screams disturbing.

Anchor suction

Yay for anchor suction!!

Wait, on second thought I'm not exactly sure what that really is. As a matter of fact I think I'm pretty sure I definitely don't know what that is.

I'll be one flight up for a while as I consider this more carefully.

Waiting Room Bar

I Googled Waiting Room Bar and got plenty of hits. Here's one:
The Waiting Room Bar - St. Ann, MO 63074 | Metromix St. Louis
The Waiting Room Bar is waiting for you to join them for a good time. ann/726366/content - 51k - Cached - Similar pages

Stylish Windows

It's amazing that in the Google view the glass in the windows is still round at the top. We have seen some present day pics of buildings with the rounded windows that were replaced with something solid so that stock rectangular windows would fit.

Maybe the frames were in good enough condition to have the glass replaced. Otherwise I think you have to go to considerable expense to have that many rounded windows custom made.

I love the style though. It's friendlier somehow.

Where it's ATT

"More bars in more places"

Great Ad for Dr. White

"Fillings That Stay In," for only 50 cents.

Makes you wonder if there's a less pricey filling that doesn't.

Marathon Man

That sign is why folks used to be afraid of dentists. (shudder)

Air Conditioning?

Ah, so. Now that I'm old, the world is full of young people. You wouldn't think it'd work that way --

In the Olden Days, before air conditioning, windows opening at the top was a normal thing. Some were sashes, as in the picture, sliding down just like the lower sash slides up. Occasionally you would see windows with a pivot at the bottom of the upper pane, so that the top opened outward. It lets the hot air near the ceiling out, while preventing breezes and gusts from blowing your papers around.


Air Conditioning

It's interesting how the windows on the 3rd and 4th floors open.

Comfortably numb

Well -- hello -- now we know why it was so painless.

First reaction

I am so impressed with the sharpness of this photo. It's lovely.


Dave, I have Googled the heck out of "Emergency Fleet Corporation" and now understand the subject pretty well. What I don't understand, however, is why the corporation had photographs of rows of commercial buildings in D.C. Could anyone elucidate?

[By early 1918, the EFC and Shipping Board occupied 147,827 square feet in various Washington office buildings, most of it rented space. - Dave]

Still there

This nice old building looks better than it did 90 years ago!

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Making it painless

Decades ago I had a dentist I referred to as "Painless"--not when he was around. After a session with him, I aways soaked my gums with a good bit of booze to kill the pain. It was a great excuse.

A blur

The way the people come out in the photo is interesting - stripes, some parts solid, some ghostly. The guy on the right was doing something weird, with both feet together on the ground with each step.

[That's two people walking side by side. - Dave]

Teeth that Fit

Dr. White's offices are also visible at the extreme right side of this 1921 7th St. photo, just down the street from Dr. Wyeth's painless dentistry practice.


The Waiting Room

Come to think of it, that would make a great name for a bar.

Painless indeed.

I had a dentist appointment this morning! No cavities, good checkup, so it was indeed painless. My hubby, on the other hand, has to go back for 3 fillings next week. He'll be needing some wholesale whiskey beforehand!

PS - I like the new captcha. It's totally weird, but math-free.

[Ahit tifaz luz igetezu! - Dave]

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