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Center Market: 1890

Center Market: 1890

Wagons at the Center Market, Washington, D.C., circa 1890. View full size.


Re: In the Dark

Telephone invented: 1876
First electric street lights (carbon arc lamps): 1870s.
And of course telegraph wires on poles go back to the 1840s.

Susquehanna Hat Company

When you're in the dark and you want to see..

I noticed in the upper right corner a streetlight and a telephone (?) pole with wires hanging from it. I never associate electric streetlights with anything pre-1900. Are there any pictures of a nighttime street scene with street lights? Or would cameras of the time have needed more light to get an exposure?

"How do I get to the Susquehanna Hat Company?"

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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