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Wireless Apparatus: 1919

Wireless Apparatus: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "George Parezo & Co., Ninth Street N.W." An electrical appliance store in the early years of that retail category (top sellers included irons, coffeepots, vacuums, table lamps and toasters), on the eve of the emergence of a new a mass communications medium. "Wireless" transmissions, at first mostly marine and military telegraphy, now included civilian audio broadcasts heard on crystal-set headphones. Before long loudspeakers connected to vacuum tube receivers entered the mainstream, and "radio" was born. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Dust to dust

These buildings were torn down to build the old Washington Convention Center, now the site of a giant parking lot awaiting redevelopment.

Hats and Watches

Bleached, Blocked, Cleaned by Special Process.
All Work Absolutely Guaranteed.
D. Neufeld,
814-16 Ninth St. NW, Bet. H and I.

Expert Watch Repairing.

Jewelry, Watches, Silverware
Beautiful assortment of Xmas Goods,
All Work Guaranteed.
P.K. Richter,
Formerly with Schmedtie Bros.
806½ 9th St. N.W.

Re: Two license Plates

You'll also notice that the Hudson on the right and the Ford at the end on the left have consecutive MD tag numbers.

A Handsome Gift

I'm not convinced that "The Famous Royal Vibrator" would have been such "A Handsome Gift" for the Hollidays, and at $17.50 (about $218 today) jewelry might be better.

Train-Monger to Politicos

Washington Post, Oct 22, 1964

George W. Parezo, 74;
Electrical Contractor

George W. Parezo, 74, collector of antiques and antique firearms and active in his electrical contracting business until the time of his death, died Monday after a brief illness at Casualty Hospital. Mr. Parezo, who resided at 1701 16th st., nw., was born in Brooklyn and came to Washington as a child.

During the 1920s, he operated one of the first radio stations in Washington and for the past 40 years had owned the Superior Lock and Electric Co., 162 14th st., nw. In addition to general electrical contracting, Mr. Parezo's company sold and serviced electric trains, many of which were purchased for the children of Presidents, Congressmen and diplomats.

Mr. Parezo's collection of antique weapons, many of which went back to the time of Columbus, was world-renowned. He had offers from museums and collectors here and in Europe for the purchase of some of the rarer pieces. However after World War II Mr. Parezo shifted his interest to the collection of antique porcelains.

He was a member of Ascension and St. Agnes Episcopal Church, the Almas Temple Shrine, Lafayette Blue Lodge No. 19, the Scottish Rite Bodies and Kallipolis Grotto.

Mr. Parezo is survived by his wife, Suzanne; a step-daughter, Evelyn Cragle, 3127 Frances dr., Alexandria; a stepson, Stewart Davison, 602 University blvd., Silver Spring and eight grandchildren.

(1919 Advertisement: Click to enlarge)

Three Fords and a Hudson

This photo is so large and detailed in full size that I am thinking of moving in and taking advantage of the low rents to surely be found in the nearby vicinity.

Sausage and hot cakes

Just 25 cents! I'm suddenly hungry.

Good grooming

The guy on the motorcycle is smart, carrying his Mom around in the sidecar so he can always have sharp creases.

Appearance matters!

T, T, T, H

On the right is a Hudson accompanied by three Ford Model T's of various vintages. Anyone know what kind of motorcycle that is?

Indian Sidecar

I love seeing the sidecar rig. They were popular delivery vehicles around this time. I'm guessing it's an Indian, since there is an Indian dealer about fifty feet away. I have a modern Harley version of this rig and it is an interesting ride.

Two License Plates

Note that most of the vehicles had both DC and Maryland license plates. Reciprocity of vehicle licenses had not yet been achieved.

The Electric Company

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