GoDCers, Where Is This?

Any thoughts on where this photo was taken?

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Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "NO CAPTION (Children, police motorcycles with sidecars, and streetcar in street)." From a series of photos whose subject seems to be traffic safety. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
Washington, D.C., circa 1922. “NO CAPTION (Children, police motorcycles with sidecars, and streetcar in street).” From a series of photos whose subject seems to be traffic safety. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

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  • Terry

    I think this is a map of the old trolley routes, a potential place to start. Unfortunately, those row houses could be in a number of locations. http://www.dctrolley.org/dctrolleymap.htm

  • Charley D

    I believe that car belonged to the Washington Railway and Electric Company (based on a car roster in the “100 Years of Capital Traction” book).

    Wikipedia says W. Ry. & E. operated 3 routes:

    F Street Line

    Ninth Street Line- The line was extended north from Rhode Island Avenue to Seventh Street West and Florida Avenue in 1873.

    Connecticut Avenue Line- The Washington Rapid Transit Co., although owned by the North American Co., was not merged into Capital Transit until 1936.

    That’s about all the context I can find.

  • Born IN S.E. D.C. 1952

    The trolley is destined for “7th & PA Ave” according to its banner. My first guess was either Pennsyvania Ave, S.E. or 7th Street, S.W., but the banner would eliminate the possibility of the 7th St, S.W. destination.

  • ET

    One one hand I want to say this is Penn SE but the road doesn’t seem wide enough. I have seen a map of the streetcar system circa 1888 but I have seen and know, that streetcars did go down to Barney Circle to turn around. I have seen a 1940 WaPo article that mentions the Capital Transit Company and the Washington, Marlboro, & Annapolis (WMA) Motor Lines (served east of the city/river) and the transfer rates for those crossing the two lines (one place was mentioned was at Barney Circle) but since I don’t have the knowledge the article was a bit confusing.