Where is This in 1920s Washington?

Does anyone out there recognize where this photo was taken in 1910 the 1920s? Click on it for greater details and put you thoughts in the comments.

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Washington, D.C. in the 1910s
Washington, D.C. in the 1920s

Source: Library of Congress

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  • Bruce J. Edmonds III

    “Where is This in 1910 Washington?” Err it looks like there can be two answers etc. One it is a view from a 1910 Time Machine looking into the future! Or second it is the Year 1925..Looking at the tag of the vehicle (touring car) next to curb (left side in pic) the tag is “DC 1925.” The rear of the vehicle (right side) is “Maryland 1925.” The street does not have streetcar tracks. Thus it was more than likely not a main street downtown.

    • Popeye D. Saylorman

      I go with the time machine theory.

  • Kathleen

    I have to agree with Mr. Edmonds, below. Looks like a 1925 photo, as there probably weren’t THAT many autos on DC streets in 1910. That said, it’s amazing to me that there were still horses/wagons on DC streets in the mid-1920s (you can see one in the background). As for where this was, I haven’t a clue. But it’s a wonderful old photo.

    • Sheila

      There were still horses in DC in the mid 20’s my father delivered Ice from his fathers horse driven truck in the mid 1920’s. He was born in 1920 and was still delivering when he was 10, so they were used till at least 1930. Of course they were in the home areas and not in the high end business areas much. It wasn’t much past that time that they discontinued delivery, by then they were pretty much gone.

  • Nuyvas Pekklø

    Is it at the split of Connecticut Ave and 18th Street looking south?

  • Greg

    Second building from the back has a prominent sign with “ARL” clearly visible, and it appears “ING” could be below. So…some building that had Arlington in its name?

  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    Its clearly not 1910. In 1910 cars were nothing more than open horseless carriages. That’s the 1920s.

  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    When you blow up the picture the car in the foreground is clearly a 1923 Chevy Camaro with a performance radiator upgrade on the front. Same car here…http://momentcar.com/image-modelYear/17004-chevrolet-superior-1923-4.jpg.html

  • Publius Washingtoniensis

    Thanks to Greg’s eagle eye, we can identify the “Arl” building as the second Arlington Hotel, located at Vermont Avenue and “L” Streets, NW, just above McPherson Square. (The estimable John DeFerrari wrote about The Arlington in “Streets of Washington” in 2010). I think we are looking southwest along Vermont Avenue, NW, toward McPherson Square.

  • bartramr

    definitely looking south-southwest down Vermont, just at Thomas Circle. The building at the intersection is still there, on the southeast corner of Vermont and L, cite of Stan’s Lounge.

    • cowboyram

      according to your placement, bartramr, attached is roughly the same location via google street view.