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Weather Report: 1921

Weather Report: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "U.S. Weather Bureau kiosque, Pennsylvania Avenue." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Different Times

The Washington Times in this photo has no relation to the current newspaper with that name. The Times of 1920 was a Hearst paper founded in 1893, which was later merged with Hearst's Washington Herald in 1939. The Post bought the Times-Herald in 1954. The current Washington Times was created by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon in 1982 and its offices are in the old Washington Star building out on New York Avenue NE.

Still Engraving

Byron S. Adams was founded in 1872 by its namesake. Originally family owned and operated, the company has gone through a series of owners, both public and private. In 1984 Byron S. Adams was acquired by William R. Pierangeli, who has taken the company back to its roots. It is again a family-owned and operated business. At present, Mr. Pierangeli’s wife and two sons work in the business, and he is thinking of employing his greyhound Abby as the official company mascot.

Kronheim -> Willett

Excel08 has already noted the correspondence of this scene to the previously posted Radio School, 1920. As to the relative timing, the men's outfitters at #1345 offers a clue. Note the change in the block letters high on the side of the building. August 1920 advertisements in the Washington Post announced a change of ownership, from Milton S. Kronheim to B.W. Willett. Therefore this is the latter photo: B.W. had hired sign painters but hadn't yet replaced the awning at the front of the store.

An earlier view of this street and weather kiosk was seen in World Series, 1912.

Also seen in Traffic Umbrella, 1913.

Speaking of breaking updates

By the looks of that ladder, perhaps Fall is almost here.

All that effort

I love the way so much effort has gone into building such a lovely structure just for posting weather reports.

Street view

The National Radio School is visible on the left side of the image; a prior photo had that building as a subject. Also a good look at the Ford Hiboy with a 2nd spare strapped to the radiator.

The man on ladder

is why the ladder in your garage has two dozen warning stickers.

Architectural inconsistency

If only the Weather Bureau had seen fit to erect a crenelated kiosque to match
their vaguely sinister headquarters. Thankfully, there is crenelation in the
background atop the Washington Post. And AMAZING Sullivanesque detailing
in the Post's fantastic gable. What a treat! I am at a loss to describe the
round opening with semi-spherical balcony... an oculus balcony? Whatever
it is, I want one.

Radio School 1920

At first I thought this photo was taken the same time as the 'Radio School: 1920' photo (posted on 10/02/09), but there's an empty box in front of the Chinese & American Restaurant in this shot that has a tree in it in the older posting. I wonder which photo was taken first?


Perhaps they're looking for an explanation of the highly localized phenomenon that seems to have snapped off the turret of the Washington Post building.

Is the Post still housed there? Interesting that the Washington Times is in a much more modest office, right next door.


of the Giant Killer Ginkgo Biloba Leaf !!!!

Weather Channel 1.0

And now for your local forecast.

"If you can read this handbill, it's sunny.
If you had to wipe water off the glass, it's raining.
If you had to scrape any ice off, a freeze warning has been issued for your area."

Breaking update

That would beat the constant interruptions to programming we have in the tornado belt whenever there is a cloud in the sky.

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