Maybe this is a little hyperbolic, but that was the ad for the National Clothing Company, at the corner of 7th and D St. NW. Check out this page from the Washington Post classified pages on March 29th, 1879. These are always fascinating to dig through. You can find some serious gems in them.

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Washington Post classifieds - March 29th, 1879
Washington Post classifieds – March 29th, 1879
Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.