Have You Seen the Inside of Center Market in 1910?

This is so cool. This is what shopping was like over 100 years ago here in Washington. This shows Center Market on the inside, taken November 23rd, 1910. By the way, the Mexican Revolution started just a few days prior (Wikipedia).

Interior view of Center Market showing the interior architecture of the market, a variety of stalls, blurred people, and signs reading "THIS MARKET OPEN EVERY WEEK DAY" and "LADIES' WAITING ROOM LADIES'... 7th St. WING TAKE ELEVATOR."
Interior view of Center Market showing the interior architecture of the market, a variety of stalls, blurred people, and signs reading “THIS MARKET OPEN EVERY WEEK DAY” and “LADIES’ WAITING ROOM LADIES’… 7th St. WING TAKE ELEVATOR.”

Source: Dig DC

Here’s another cool post about Center Market, and here … and here.

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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.

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  • Sheila Gilbert

    Wow! They had a Fantastic setup for selling their products huh? Even the lighting looks great. I know my father said that the market was always packed. He was born in 1920 so around 1930, when he went there, they were always moving tons of food around. There were many food markets back then, and virtually everyone used them, even after grocery stores moved in, and they were much later. Great Photo!

  • ET

    Love the big sign for the ladies waiting room and elevator.

    Off to the right there is a big sign for Jas (or Jos) B (or R) Smith. Some of the business in this from 1907 and 1908 may have been operating when the photo was taken
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1907-02-03/ed-1/seq-9/
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026749/1908-07-26/ed-1/seq-11/

    Looking for information on this business to see what they sold, I found 2 GREAT photo montages from 1922 in the Washington Herald though the pictures are a bit dark.

    04 June 1922. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045433/1922-06-04/ed-1/seq-38/
    11 June 1922. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045433/1922-06-11/ed-1/seq-38/

    I bit more digging and I discovered in a 1911 directory that is was Jas B. Smith and he sold produce a the Center Market and lived at 226 9th SE.

  • Kathleen Franklin

    My grandfather had a butcher stall at what the family called the “O Street Market” – is that the same thing? I guess not – this appears to be in the 7th and Constitution area? Anyone familiar with the “O Street Market”?

    • AGC

      O Street Market just got redeveloped, and is no longer a functioning market. It’s now a Giant grocery, at the corner of O and 7th Streets, NW, in Shaw.

      • Kathleen Franklin

        Wow, thanks! I had no idea the O Street market lasted into the 21st century!