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Aug

REVISED SUMMER IN THE CITY, ’40’S STYLE CONTINUED

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fOR MANY YEARS, A FAMILIAR F STREET SIGHT WAS A LEGLESS GENTLEMAN WHO HAD A SMALL MONKEY SOLICIT DONATIONS BY EXTENDING A CUP TO PASSERBYS.WHEN THE MAN PASSED AWAY IT WAS STATED THAT HE HAD BEEN A LAWYER AT ONE TIME.
WHEN IT WAS TIME FOR A SNACK, WE’D GO TO THE MAYFLOWER DONUT SHOP ACROSS FROM THE CAPITOL OR INTO THE LITTLE TAVERN THAT FEATURED SMALL BUT DELICIOUS HAMBURGERS,THE PRICE BEING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 5 CENTS AND A QUARTER.
BASSIN’S AT THE CORNER OF 14TH STREET N.W. AND PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, FEATURED A HUGE SELECTION OF FULL-COURSE DINNERS AND SANDWICHES. MY FAVORITE SNACK WAS ONE OF THEIR DELIOUS HOT CORNED BEEF SANDWICHES ON RYE. SNACKS WERE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DRUG STORES THAT ALL HAD SODA FOUNTAINS AND SOLD THE AVERAGE SANDWICH FOR ABOUT 25 CENTS,COFFEE 10 CENTS, ICE CREAM CONES ALSO 10 CENTS AND MILK SHAKES FOR 25 CENTS,THAT RETAIL TODAY FOR ABOUT $5.00
OTHER POPULAR NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS WERE THE GAYETY BURLESQUE HOUSE HOUSE ON NINTH STREET,WHICH FEATURED COMEDIANS AND STRIP TEASE DANCERS. NEAR 14TH AND NEW YORK AVENUE THERE WERE TWO POPULAR NIGHT CLUBS-THE LOTUS AND CASINO ROYAL THAT OFFERED DINING, DANCING AND ENTERTAINMENT AT A PRICE AFFORTABLE TO THE MANY DC GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.
AFTER A LONG ABSENCE FROM DOWNTOWN, TWO MOVIE HOUSES ARE ARRIVING-THE E STREET CINEMA, WITH SEVEN SCREENS, AT 11TH AND E STREET,NW, AND THE REGAL GALLERY PLACE WITH 15 SCREENS, AT 791 SEVENTH STREET,NW. –BOTH A FAR CRY FROM THE SINGLE-SCREEN THEATERS WAY BACK.
IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT WHAT MOVIE HOUSES WILL OFFER 50 YEARS FROM TODAY, BUT I HOPE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE DOWN-TOWN,I’M SURE POPCORN WILL STILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE.

LARRY ROSEN
LAZER66@MSN.COM

WHEN MY ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE POST,I HAD MANY COMMENTS,–AT THIS TIME I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS

I WELCOME ANY OF YOUR ADDITIONAL MEMORIES OF F STREET,NW.–

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