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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

The Chamber: 1906

The Chamber: 1906

Richmond, Virginia, circa 1906. "Chamber of Commerce building." Points of interest in this time exposure include a Christian Science reading room, a constable with not much to do, and the usual complement of ghost pedestrians. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Demolished 1912

to make way for the First National Bank Building. What would it take to knock over a building that looks solid enough to withstand a direct hit from an A-bomb?

Uncommon?

Love the barber poles painted on the stone columns!

 
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