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Aug 23 2014

Virginia Hardware Company – Arlington, Virginia

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Andrus photographed the Virginia Hardware Company store at 2016 N. Moore Street in Arlington, Virginia sometime in the early to mid-1950′s.  The Virginia Hardware company  is known as one of the oldest, if not the oldest hardware store in Arlington County. Founded and run by Harry Goldman in 1923 at the location in this photo near the Key Bridge in the Rosslyn section of Arlington.   At the date of this photo, Virginia Hardware was located between the Rosslyn United States Post office and Key Bridge Pawnbrokers.   In 1963, Virginia Hardware Co. moved up the road a bit to 2915 Wilson Blvd where it stayed in business there until September, 2005.   The last site of Virginia Hardware now houses Ri Ra Irish pub.

The buildings in this 1950′s photograph no longer exist.  In the 1960′s and 1970′s Rosslyn underwent massive redevelopment. A modern visitor to the 1950′s Rosslyn would hardly recognize it.

Andrus captured a quintessential hardware store of the mid-20th century. The store sold a bit of everything, shotguns and shotgun shells, rifles, hunting coats, army cots, boots, galoshes, gloves, oil, gas and coal stoves, croquet sets, boat paddles, ladders, buckets, mops, lawn mowers, fencing, glass, garden tools.  Andrus also captured some interesting people in his photo.

 

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I’m not sure what police department these men are from but I am pretty sure the officer on the motorbike is on a Harley- Davidson.

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Could the man on the left drive the taxi cab parked on the street?  What about the man with the stripped shirt? Does he work at the hardware store?

In the 1870s – 1890s, the Rosslyn neighborhood was home to a number of brothels and bars, many of which were open 24 hours. In addition, a short distance up Lee Highway was an area known as Dead Man’s Hollow, and the area was considered so dangerous that Virginia farmers returning from DC with proceeds from weekly produce sales frequently traveled in an armed convoy. A series of raids in 1905 led by Crandal Mackey, the Commonwealth’s Attorney, resulted in the closing of several illegal businesses and a “clean up” of the area – See more at: http://www.rosslynva.org/feature/rosslyn-history#sthash.4kbveQ0u.dpuf
In the 1870s – 1890s, the Rosslyn neighborhood was home to a number of brothels and bars, many of which were open 24 hours. In addition, a short distance up Lee Highway was an area known as Dead Man’s Hollow, and the area was considered so dangerous that Virginia farmers returning from DC with proceeds from weekly produce sales frequently traveled in an armed convoy. A series of raids in 1905 led by Crandal Mackey, the Commonwealth’s Attorney, resulted in the closing of several illegal businesses and a “clean up” of the area – See more at: http://www.rosslynva.org/feature/rosslyn-history#sthash.4kbveQ0u.dpuf
In the 1870s – 1890s, the Rosslyn neighborhood was home to a number of brothels and bars, many of which were open 24 hours. In addition, a short distance up Lee Highway was an area known as Dead Man’s Hollow, and the area was considered so dangerous that Virginia farmers returning from DC with proceeds from weekly produce sales frequently traveled in an armed convoy. A series of raids in 1905 led by Crandal Mackey, the Commonwealth’s Attorney, resulted in the closing of several illegal businesses and a “clean up” of the area – See more at: http://www.rosslynva.org/feature/rosslyn-history#sthash.4kbveQ0u.dpuf

Dec 12 2011

Regional Stationery and Office Supply Company – Bethesda, MD

Andrus set up his tripod to capture the front window of Regional Stationery and Office Supply Company one evening in the 1950′s.  The store was located at 7107 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland.  Regional placed display advertisements in The Washington Post  from 1948 to 1954.  In 1974/75 the building Regional Stationary was located in was torn down to make way for a new 14 floor, 237,265 square foot office building which is still standing today.  I’m not sure when Regional Stationery went out of business but I’m assuming sometime between 1954 and 1974.

 A couple of newspaper ads from the early 1950′s from Regional.


Nov 27 2011

Washing Machines – New and used.

$42.50 seems like a cheap price to pay for a used clothes washing machine but that price today would be about $365 with inflation according to The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Andrus often photographed subjects facing each other and often he seemed to direct them to point or interact about something. This photo shows two men smiling and looking at what appears to be a used ringer washing machine. Like many of Andrus's negatives, there was no caption for this image to reveal its location.

This man and woman continue with Andrus's washing machine image theme - this seems like a completely different location and day from the image above. The subjects again seem to be looking at used washing machines. Andrus left no caption information for this image.. A 1952 advertisement in the Washington Post lists the Maywit Appliance Service as located at 810 Upshur Street NW in Washington, DC.

December, 2011 recreated/rephotograph of 810 Upshur Street NW. The location is currently Bentley's Vintage Furniture & Collectibles.

Here is a modern view of 810 Upshur Street NW in Washington, DC via Google Street view.


Nov 24 2011

Two women in an art supply store

Another Andrus commercial scene - this time in an art supply store. Perhaps in Silver Spring, MD.

Here is a clue to the possible location of the store, an enlargement of one of the paintings on the wall depicts the B&O train station in Silver Spring, MD in a view looking down Georgia Avenue. - total guess on my part - the store has posted some local art, so perhaps it is very local?