Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Busy Street Corner



Today's picture shows a busy street corner in Washington DC. The picture was taken at the Willard Hotel, at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The picture was taken in 1949. I like the wide array of transportation, ranging from foot traffic to streetcar.

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  1. Interesting perspective. I like the curving lines and shapes in the photo, very artistic. I wonder what kind of gas mileage those cars of the 40's got?
    -Anne K.

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  2. It looks like there is some kind of traffic control post right in the street just behind the rear right bunper of the big black car, the second one out from the curb.
    I wonder how many times that gets run over ever year?

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    1. DADD, I think that's a guy on a bicyle. I had to squint more than usual to see it.

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    2. Dadd, my mistake, I see what your looking at now.

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  3. This picture gives you a good idea as to how big the passenger cars were back then. I had a 51 Pontiac Chiefton back in 2003, 4 door. I estimate that flat head, straight eight, engine got 10 miles a gallon highway, 8 miles city. It was a fun ride though but took up the entire garage so I was gently coerced into selling it by the lovely Mrs. Dave 107.

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  4. That limosine or delivery truck just left of center must've gotten terrible mileage. Gas was literally pennies per gallon back then, but pennies were still hard to come by.

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  5. PJM, that reminds me... How are those Model T's doing? Do you still have them?

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  6. It's amazing how this pictures depicts "busy" back then. Today, that amount of traffic in that area would be considered comical.

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    1. There is more traffic than that in the middle of the night.

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  7. Glad PJM came along and deleted that one spammy post. What I am curious about is the boxy looking vehicle at the bottom of the picture. Looks like a hot dog stand on wheels more than anything.

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  8. I wonder how many car horn honks per hour at that corner?

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