This week for Not So Long Ago, GM sticks around M and Wisconsin. It’s a bit of a closeup shot, so it’s just one store. But it’s a notable one.
W.T. Weaver & Sons was founded in Georgetown in 1889. It was a general hardware store for most of its existence. Here’s a shot of this block 85 years ago (i.e. So Long Ago):
Four generations later, and Weaver Hardware is still family owned and opened. They’re still even at the same address, just not on the first floor anymore. While as late as 1993 they were still a general purpose hardware store–as the photo shows–since then they have transitioned to a specialty in decorative hardware. The only general hardware store left in Georgetown is the one over on 35th St. (and that one doesn’t carry that much–GM heads up to the fantastic Glover Park Hardware for his needs).
Those purveyors of quasi-pornography, Abercrombie and Fitch, now occupy this storefront. GM’s never been inside, mostly because he doesn’t want to spend the rest of the day smelling like a 15 year old boy heading off to Junior Prom. He sure wishes Weaver would get back to his roots…
Here are the shots: