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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Octagon House


The Octagon House at 1799 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.. Circa 1930. From the archives.

My dad's sister, Helen Marie Carnes, took the photo. She was born in 1908. After leaving Springfield, she went to New Mexico where she owned an antique shop. I don't know the whole story on that, but it's hard to imagine there was a huge market for antiques in New Mexico at the time (late 1920's). She made her way east to Washington, D.C., where she worked and met her husband, Stuart McManus.

(Oversized scan if anyone wants to try and figure out the year and kind of car that is.)

James Madison lived in the Octagon House after the White House was set on fire. The American Architectural Foundation owns it now.


About the paper: Velox "is the only photographic paper made exclusively for amateur negatives."

Also: Notes on Dating Photographic Paper by Paul Messier

Posted by Marie at June 3, 2007 12:48 AM


I think it's a Nash Touring Coupe or maybe just a Nash Two Door Sedan (1926 or so). I can't find an exact match but the roof line is so similar to the ones I did find that I have to believe it to be so.

Several old Nash vehicles

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at June 3, 2007 7:09 PM

That's pretty good, Rob. I think you're exactly right.

Posted by: Marie at June 3, 2007 7:23 PM