The (fun) challenges of a real world setting for a story

Well, the first thing is that I really, really wish my Urban History professor had included DC in any of the texts we read last year.

But with a setting of Washington, DC in 1930s, all kinds of questions pop up as I try to merrily roll my story along.

Was that building actually there?
Where would she have done her banking?
Did this gallery/museum/library exist yet?
Where were the good diners, and how much was a chicken salad sandwich anyway? Would it have even been on the menu!? Could she get it to go?
Could she afford the apartment I want to put her in? (It’s not a great apartment, so at the moment, I am thinking yes, but I also need $$ data.)
How integrated was DC at the time? Could she have had coworkers/neighbors/friends that were persons of color? (Will she even if history says not so much? Highly likely, because it’s my story, and Verna Mae Gibson does not give a shit about what anyone else thinks, she will be friends with anyone she damn well pleases.)
Where is a reasonable location for her parents house, her office, her apartment?
Gotta revisit the streetcar lines. They were pretty extensive. (Unlike now where they are still trying to get *one* line running again.)

They’re fun questions that need answers, and if there is anything I learned in grad school.. It’s how to find answers to these questions.

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Timeline troubles…

It’s great when you can create a completely new world when you’re writing something, because you control all the history.

It’s really annoying when you’re trying to write something in the current “real” universe.  While you can make dragons be real – if invisible to those not in the know – you can’t change the fact that Margaret Cross Norton didn’t head up the Society of American Archivists until 1943.

She did co-found it in 1936. which helps a bit, but it still requires some tweaking of other items…