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Axis of Power: 1903

Axis of Power: 1903

June 1903. "Pennsylvania Avenue -- Washington, D.C." Landmarks here include the Old Post Office and that big domed building at the end of the street. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


A classic view

Photographers have always loved this view of Pennsylvania Avenue, and versions of it have appeared in numerous stereoviews and postcards through the years since the 1860s. A survey of some of them can be found here.


All seems to be one way; slightly more chaotic today, the 5 in the middle of that intersection wouldn't be there long today. Wonder how the 'fortune teller' did?

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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