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Vintage photos of:
Summer 1982. This is the Abner Cloud house, built in 1802 on the northern (inland) bank of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, just west of Georgetown in the District of Columbia. A lousy Kodak 110 Instamatic print, I concede, but with balanced composition. View full size.