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CALLBX_100501_02.JPG: Fire Call Box
In early times, leather buckets filled with water or sand were the first defense against a dreaded fire. By the early 1900s, fire alarm boxes such as this one alerted the fire department to the need for immediate assistance. When the lever on the box was pulled, a signal was transmitted to central headquarters. There, a paper tape was punched with the box number's location. Units such as the horse -drawn fire wagon shown here then raced to the fire. Three fire companies served the Sheridan-Kalorama; Engine Co. 9 1624 U Street NW (from 1895), Ladder Truck F, 1338 Park Road NW (from 1907), and Engine Co. 21 1763 Lanier Place NW (from 1908).
Artist: Michael K Ross
CALLBX_100501_23.JPG: Artist: Peter Waddell, artist, here depicts the interior of the Barney Studio.
CALLBX_100708_05.JPG: British Spare Rhodes Tavern, 1814
On August 24, 1814, after defeating the US forces at Bladensburg, MD, British soldiers entered the District of Columbia. At dusk, they torched the Capitol and headed to the Treasury and the White House. Soon after, British George Cockburn and General Robert Ross stopped at a boardinghouse at 15th St and Pennsylvania Ave, NW, and instructed its owner, Barbara Suter, to prepare a fine supper for them. Then they left to torch the White House and Treasury, and returned to eat their meal as the buildings burned.
While dining, General Ross asked Suter about the Bank of the Metropolis, the former location of Suter's boarding house, here on the corner of F St. Soon, the British commanders left, intent on burning down the three-story, Federal style brick bank building too. But at the bank, they were met by Sarah Sweeny, the bank's cleaning woman. In order to save the structure, she told the British officers that [the] bank rented its building, and its owner, a poor widow, depended on that rent as her sole source of income. Sweeney's [the placard spells her last name two different ways...] fiction convinced the British to spare the building, built in 1799 and formerly operated by William Rhodes as a tavern serving the federal government. Bank records reveal that Sweeny received a $100 bonus for her successful intervention.
Rhodes Tavern, a designated landmark, was torn down in 1984.
Artist: Ken Frye
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2010 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs until the third one broke and I started sending them back for repairs. Then I used either the Fuji S200EHX or the Nikon D90 until I got the S100fs ones repaired. At the end of the year I bought a Nikon D5000 but I returned it pretty quickly.
Trips this year: I've got so many local commitments that I'm having trouble getting away. I drove out to Lexington, Kentucky to cover the Civil War Preservation Trust's annual conference in June. I flew out to California and Nevada for two weeks in July for the San Diego Comic-Con. I flew to Nashville to cover the Civil War Preservation Trust's Grand Review conference in September.
My office at the main Commerce Department building closed in October and I was shifted out to the Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland. It's good to have a job of course but that killed being able to see basically any cultural events during the day. There's basically nothing of interest that you can see around the Census building.
Number of photos taken this year: about 395,000..