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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Evening Star: 1924

Evening Star: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Evening Star building." Offices of the Washington Evening Star newspaper next to the Raleigh Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue between 11th (on the right) and 12th streets. Where there seems to be something of a mold problem. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Too Much Perspective Correction???

While I fully agree with BigAl42's comment and also with tterrace's agreement I do have a thought about the subject matter shown here...

It may be just an optical illusion caused by the fancy masonry work near the top but it appears that the perspective correction on this image and some others previously shown on Shorpy have been over adjusted.

In this image the building looks to be slightly wider at the top than it is at the bottom.

Dueling Photographers

A rare Shorpy occurrence of the same building photographed by both Harris & Ewing and the National Photo Company, which captured the same corner three years prior at Evening Star: 1921. Quite different perspective but very little has changed other than the billboard to the left and the removal of the Hart, Schaffner & Marx Clothes signage at 1109-1111 Pennsylvania Avenue. Same mailboxes at the corner. To the right, up Eleventh Street Northwest is Hotel Harrington and the furniture showroom and warehouse of W.B. Moses and Sons.

Both are winter photos which may explain the removed awnings of the street-level stores. Rather than shading a strolling summer customer, the panels are removed to let winter light into the store.

Hotel Harrington

The Evening Star may have moved on, but the Hotel Harrington is still going strong. It would have been 10 years young at the time of this photo.

Avoiding Converging Perspective

Those lenses with the bellows in the middle worked like a charm. My medium-format Mamiya gear bag had one but it took me a while to get one for my Nikon F2.

I'm trying to remember whether it was a lens or an adapter to a lens.

Whatever it was, it worked great!

--Jim

A venerable Washington institution

The Evening Star was at this location from 1881 until it moved to new quarters in Southeast in the alte 1950s. More about the building and the company can be found here.

No Leaves on the Trees

Wilson died February 3, 1924, so it's likely this was taken within 30 days of that date.

Technical question

I've noticed with a lot of these building photos that, despite being relatively wide angle, they don't suffer from the usual "converging vertical" problem that affects these shots. It's been a long time since I did any photographic theory - am I right in thinking this would have been done with a bellows camera that had the facility to shift the lens off-axis from the centre of the negative plate? So the lens and the plate both remain vertical, rather than panning the whole camera up to get the shot?

[Yes. - tterrace]

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Flag at half mast

Could it be for Woodrow Wilson who died that year?

 
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