Descendants of the owners of the Connecticut-Copperthite Pie Baking Co. of Georgetown converged on the Georgetown Neighborhood Library Saturday to donate a framed 1913 black and white image of the baking company in Georgetown.
The image is that of the pie company at its former location on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and O Street (where the CVS sits today). In it you can see horses waiting in a line, ready to carry boxes and boxes of pies to homes and businesses across the District.
"This has been really fascinating learning about the important role this company had here in Georgetown and in Washington, D.C.," explained Special Collections Librarian Jerry McCoy.
Mike Copperthite, great grandson of pie company co-founder Henry Copperthite, has been actively promoting his family history in Georgetown and first made contact with McCoy last year.
When McCoy discovered how little information there was in the Peabody collection about the family and their company, he began working with Copperthite to add pieces of the "vast family archive" to the Peabody collection.
Copperthite wanted to donate something to the collection in honor of the company's 125 anniversary.
As he was looking through historic images, McCoy said there was one he "immediately fell in love with." It now hangs on the wall of the Peabody room at the library.
McCoy said the donation of a photo is itself noteworthy, since the walls were devoid of photography previously, featuring mostly oil paintings, lithographs and other materials.
Watch the entire video of the dedication Saturday above this article and read more about the company's history here.