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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE ARTIST'S GARDEN BY CLAUDE MONET

Potomac Park: 1908

Potomac Park: 1908

Circa 1908. "The Boulevard, Potomac Park, Washington, D.C." Various national landmarks in a strikingly uncrowded capital. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Before government became big business

Wonderful see the wide open spaces. The way the city planner had in mind.

Visited DC in the mid 1950's and it did not seem as crowded as it does today.

Finished a half-century before

Construction on the Washington Monument was halted between 1854 and 1877 due to budget problems, the Civil War and other slowdowns. Here, it's just 24 years after completion in 1884, and the "interim joint" is very visible about one-third up the obelisk, more so than it is today.

 
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