This week on Georgetown Time Machine, GM visits the west end of M St. circa the 1960s. And it offers a striking contrast to the scene today.
The specific location is the intersection of 33rd and M, looking east. Right away one thing you’ll see is that the historic Georgetown market (soon to be a fancy Italian restaurant) was then occupied by Southern Distributors Auto Parts Store:
Nearby you can just make out the horse statue outside of Stombock’s (which sold horse riding equipment):
You also have a great view towards what later became the Georgetown Park Mall:
The long building lurking behind the M St. buildings was the old streetcar storage facility whose footprint was used to build the mall in the 80s.
As GM has pointed out in the past, there were far more car-oriented businesses on M St. in this era. And this part of M St. was consistent with that. On top of the auto parts store, there was a used car lot:
And a Sunoco gas station:
The last thing to note is how there are no brick sidewalks on M St. Those were added well later in an attempt to make the street more old-timey looking.