Snowmageddon; Continuity

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Well, the schools are shuttered already, 24 hours ahead of this massive snowstorm headed our way.

The car is fueled; the firewood stacked high; the milk in the fridge. The kids gleeful. The mom not going to get much writing done over the next four days.

17th and F Streets, NW, 1922; the Knickerbocker storm. Funny thing: I used to work at AIA on New York Avenue, NW, only a block south of this photo. The Renwick Gallery is the big building in the back (and still there!). This street looks pretty much the same today, believe it or not. Source: LOC

17th and F Streets, NW, 1922. Funny thing: I used to work at AIA on New York Avenue, NW, only a block south of this photo. The Renwick Gallery is the big building in the back (and still there!). This street looks pretty much the same today, believe it or not; alas, no streetcars running down 17th. Source: LOC

Also, notice right at the corner, above that car, is an old police/fire call box. Believe it or not, it is still there in 2016!

Look to the right; the old red fire call box right on the corner! Source: Google Maps.

Look to the right; the old red fire call box right on the corner! I love finding call boxes like the one on the photo that has survived all the changes in our city. Source: Google Maps.

Seeing that old call box gives me a nice sense of continuity and connection to history, you know?

Emmett wasn’t here at the time of the storm in the photo above, but I’m sure he got great exposure to Washington, D.C. winters, which can extend into April (yes, we do get snow in April now and again). I sure hope he managed to buy a good overcoat while he was a Congressman and living in D.C. He’d need it.

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