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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Our Confederate Dead: 1903

Our Confederate Dead: 1903

Augusta, Georgia, circa 1903. "Albion Hotel and Confederate Monument." A full view of the memorial glimpsed here last week. The main inscription: "No nation rose so white and fair. None fell so pure of crime." Facing the camera: Stonewall Jackson. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Plus 107ish

The monument is still there, and so is the "Dental Parlors" building, although it's mostly obscured by a tree that was planted some years after this photograph was taken.


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There, in that window

To the left of the monument, in White's store window, the inspiration for Post-It(c) notes.

Insulators Galore

The telephone lineman had iron rungs to climb the pole with, but after that it must have been a challenge to access the upper horizontal cross-arms. The pole on the left may have only 120 lines, because the wires on the top 5 double cross-arms veer off to the right out of the picture. The double arm/insulator arrangement may have been for extra strength due to the change of direction of the wires. The next pole has 9 single cross-arms, but the final pole to the right is back to a full set with wires coming in from the right. Perhaps there was a telephone exchange to the right. In any event, lots of poles and wires. Finally, there are four "floating" cross-arms surrounding the monument.

Dental Parlor

I went to the dentist last month. It wasn't bad, but maybe I would have had an even nicer experience if I had gone to a Dental Parlor.

Double Crossbars

Top five rows on the telephone poles have double crossbars. The bottom 8 rows have only one, so looks like these poles could carry 180 lines at the time.

 
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