D.C. Traffic Cop at 14th and Pennsylvania in 1913

Here are two great old photos from 1913, showing different angles of a traffic stop. The car is a Haynes roadster, which cost about $4,000 at the time. That’s about $95,000 today, or the cost of a sweet new Tesla.

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1913. "District of Columbia traffic. Stop and Go signs." A very new-looking circa 1913 Haynes roadster in Washington crossing Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
1913. “District of Columbia traffic. Stop and Go signs.” A very new-looking circa 1913 Haynes roadster in Washington crossing Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
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"District of Columbia, 1913. Traffic Stop and Go signs." Traffic safety in Washington with the Treasury building at left. Note the pedestrian-catcher on the streetcar. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
“District of Columbia, 1913. Traffic Stop and Go signs.” Traffic safety in Washington with the Treasury building at left. Note the pedestrian-catcher on the streetcar. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Source: Shorpy

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  • Sheila

    A memory of 14th and Penn. When my family moved to the “burbs” of MD, there were no buses that went into Washington, they all stopped at Southern Avenue, “The Line” back in those days. Well, in about 1960 the buses came to the “burbs”!!! It was almost “parade time” when that happened. It was “the event” of the day. (actually longer) Most that moved to the “burbs” were born and raised in Washington DC, and to say that people were thrilled, is a HUGE understatement. People talked about it forever, even years later, people still talked about how great it was to use buses again. The only bus at that time in the area went to 14th and Penn. A few years later people drove for miles to park in the shopping center, to take the bus into DC. Of course, in the beginning, when no one even knew that it was there, there were few that used it, however, as soon as people found out, everyone used it, and from then on, until metro, that bus took me into the city, that was “an event” for me back then. I was about 12-13 back then, and even children used to take the bus, all by themselves into town. Prior to where we lived then, we lived closer to Southern Ave. and I used to take the bus alone when I was only 8-9 yrs. old. You could do that back then, and never worry if your children would be ok. I went to a summer sewing class at a High School in DC, and using a bus was always as much of your life as using a car is now. Of course once at the DC line, I would take the streetcar the rest of the way. Can you even think of a child, who is 8-9 years old traveling on a bus and streetcar into DC alone today? At the 14th & Penn. there was a White Tower? where everyone stopped and ate or had coffee. It wasn’t really great at that stop, because there were many “exotic dancers” there, you know, some unmentionable places, but still, I was back in my “home” and that was a good thing.
    Later, in 1966 I used that bus to go to work, and walked to M street to work as a telephone operator at “Ma Bell” That building is still there. Today 14th & Penn. is not the same, and although I’m glad the “unmentionable pictures and places” are gone, I must say, that I was sad when I saw how much it had changed over the years, However, I’m really glad memories of DC don’t change, They are really good ones.