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Congress Square: 1907

Congress Square: 1907

Circa 1907. "Portland, Maine -- Congress Square." The streetcar to Pleasantdale and Cash's Corner. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

looking up

This photo perfectly illustrates American cities' turn-of-the-20th century challenge of accommodating electric and telephone/telegraph cables overhead. City Beautiful organizations and other groups worried about the unsightliness of these wires criss crossing the previously uncluttered air.

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Below is the same view from October of 2008.

Summertime

Must be summertime based on all the straw boaters on the street.

I want to go there.

What a charming looking place. These folks could never imagine what kind of lives we lead today. The hustle and bustle of today's world is nowhere to be seen. Well, maybe a few bustles.

What's really cool about this photo, is that it is taken at about a child's eye level.

 
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