Archive for February 24, 2009

Making Postage Stamps ca. 1906

Posted in Jobs, Employment, & Work on February 24, 2009 by Kent

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing officially took over production of postage stamps in July 1894. The first of the works printed by the BEP was placed on sale on July 18, 1894 and by the end of the first year of stamp production, the BEP had printed and delivered more than 2.1 billion stamps. That all ended in 2005, after 111 years.

There are a couple of things I like about the postcard below. Not only does it show how stamps were made in the early part of the 20th century, it shows that women provided a lot of the labor. This, during a time when there weren’t many jobs open to women other than housekeeper or school teacher. making-stamps-bureau-of-engraving-and-printing


Decorating for Mardi Gras

Posted in Holidays, Petworth on February 24, 2009 by Kent

I got a kick out of seeing this. I’ve been to many Mardi Gras parties, but I don’t see people decorate the house for the event very often. Mardi Gras

Buick LeSabre

Posted in Vintage Vehicles with tags , on February 24, 2009 by Kent

This was a nice Buick LeSabre I saw on the street. Cearly a convertable. What do you all think, ca. 1972?buick-lesabre1

Dinner at the Duplex

Posted in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Food, Restaurants on February 24, 2009 by Kent

duplex-dinerA spot I like for comfort food when it comes to dinner, and I want to be low key, is the Duplex Diner on 18th & U.

I think calling it a diner is a little misleading … I mean, how many diners don’t open until 6 p.m. and have a well stocked bar? That said, if you have a hankering for mac & cheese, pork chops, or meatloaf  this is about as good as you’re going to get in the City. If you’re in the mood for a salad or sandwich, you can go that route too.

You can see the menu and find out more about the diner at the Duplex’s website.

Godzilla vs. the Airplane

Posted in Random Observations on February 24, 2009 by Kent

After my happy little cross walk man that I posted last week, a reader tipped me off to this fun little piece of street art. Its at the end of F Street, NE, in front of the SEC building and around the corner from Union Station. In the contest of Godzilla vs. the Airplane, it looks like the plane lost.Union Station GodzillaIts on the wall right past the flag poles in the photo below. If you see any cool street art, let me know. I’d love to capture it.Godzilla wall

Our Lady of Exxon

Posted in Arlington, Churches, Gas & Service Stations on February 24, 2009 by Kent

Rosslyn Methodist TempleThis is one of the most interesting mixed-use buildings I’ve ever encountered. I don’t know hardly anything about its history, but figured since Arlington was part of the District at one time, it belongs here.

Here’s the kicker. The upper portion of the building is a church, and the lower portion is a gas station.

Chevron at Methodist ChurchIts a Methodist church, not Catholic, and its currently a Chevron station, not an Exxon, but I’ve frequently heard it referred to as Our Lady of Exxon. 

They both function rather well in the space, but I can’t imagine what would have induced someone to even propose such a marriage.

Its right off the Rosslyn Metro stop at the corner of Nash and Fort Myer Drive, if you ever get an urge to see it in person.

Update on Harvard Street Fire

Posted in Adams Morgan, Fires on February 24, 2009 by Kent

The Post had a fairly detailed update on the fire that occured early yesterday morning on the 1600 block of Harvard Street. According to them, the woman was taken to a hospital with second- and third-degree burns on about 60 percent of her body. The fire was reported about 2:15 a.m. in a fourth-floor unit at Harvard Hall in the 1600 block of Harvard Street NW, between 16th Street and the National Zoo.

The complete Post article is here>>