Now and a Long Time Ago: O St.


This week for Now and a Long Time Ago, GM is visiting O St. and an idyllic postcard that the Ebay listing for it says is from the 50’s or 60’s.

The specific block is O St. just west of Wisconsin Ave. Nowadays it is a mix of antiques shops, a gym, and some restaurants. The watercolor depiction of the street doesn’t make it clear what type of shops all the shops were. But the shop of the far left appears to be called “Georgetown Temptations”. Post archives indicate that Martha Wrenn Bobbitt McTigue operated a shop in Georgetown with that name from 1965 till 1975. It was described as a gift shop.

It was listed in a gift guide the Post published in 1969:


It’s not clear to GM what this gift–called the Griffin Seaspray Design–is supposed to be, but it sure looks groovy.

Of course, this block probably never looked as (unbelievably) busy as it did in St. Elmo’s Fire:


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