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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.


Below is the same view from October of 2008.


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.

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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