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Where in Washington? Nowhere, it turns out

For reasons that will become obvious below, this isn't quite the return of "Where in Washington?" But I thought you might get a kick out of this postcard anyway:


The caption on the back reads:
THE WASHINGTON AUDITORIUM 19th and E and New York Avenue, N.W., is a modern massive fireproof structure covering almost a whole square in area and is used for conventions, lectures, recitals and exhibition purposes. The Auditorium has a seating capacity of 6,000 and cost $850,000. It makes a welcome addition to the many notable public buildings erected in the Nation's Capital in the last decade.

If you're telling yourself, "Wait a minute. I go by 19th and E all the time and I've never seen that building," you're not wrong. The Washington Auditorium apparently didn't attract enough business to survive. It opened in the 1920s and closed a decade later. It was used as government offices until being torn down in the 1960s.

blimplady.jpgIt's a mildly interesting building but I love the postcard, found by my daughter in Evanston, Ill., at a used book shop called Bookman's Alley. Oddly, the postcard doesn't have the little American flag I've noticed on most old views of buildings. But I love the woman in the yellow dress on the corner. Even better is what's floating above the skies of Washington: an airship! Oh, for the lazy days of dirigible travel.


By John Kelly  |  December 14, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
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i don't want to be a downer, but that airship looks a lot like an ink stain...

Posted by: IMGoph | December 14, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

It looks similar to the Main Interior Building located in that area and built in the 1930's, but it's not that building.

Posted by: AndrewTeter | December 14, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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