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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Portland, Maine: 1904

Portland, Maine: 1904

Portland, Maine, circa 1904. "Congress Square." 8x10 inch glass transparency (something of a novelty for this collection), Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Precious Scenarios

Probably a Saturday, maybe a Sunday.The two young ladies crossing the street while horse and carriage wait between the church and the pharmacy in the "skinny building". The two young girls sitting on the curb sharing secrets while their older sister or Mom stands waiting for who knows what. The elderly gent sweeping up the mornings leaves and horse puckey. And the trolley cars filled with well dressed folks, all shaded by the mantle of those damn telephone/telegraph/electrical wires, which is about all I can see when I look out of most of windows of my apartment. As a retired photographer, I have grown to despise the early use of poles that are now too expensive to relocate to underground. Grumble.

Flatiron Wannabe

I see they added one story to the skinny building since 1904.

Office Supplies

Now we know where the first Staples stores was, before Mr. Staples bought out his two partners.

+104

Below is the same view (looking north on Congress Street from High Street) taken in October of 2008.

Great Photo

Transparency? I had no idea there was such. It seems to have some speed to to too. I will have to check into this! Thanks much.

[To to too? A transparency is just a copy of the original glass plate negative. Both of which are transparent. When you copy a negative you get a positive, which can then be projected as a lantern slide.- Dave]

Gotcha! Thanks much.

Getting Ahead

Quite a diverse lot of men's hats.

 
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