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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Boston Public: 1895

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Boston Public: 1895

Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1895. "Main entrance, Boston Public Library." Red all over. Photo by Charles Pollock. View full size.

 

Zodiac

Note the signs of the zodiac inlayed into the floor. This library is a gem located in Copley Square, Boston. The front of the building faces the famous Trinity Church. Two of the many buildings that make Boston such a great city. This library is not a museum it is a working library.

Timeless

Architecture. Beautiful photograph.

Upward and upward

Climbing steps used to be the sign that you were entering someplace special. Disability awareness has put an end to that. And we can be thankful. If you're not, just wait a few years.

Before our world of clichés

Literacy was held in very high esteem.

Entrance to a land of magic!

Gorgeous! It draws you in to all the exciting books inside.

Mark of Civilization

An edifice worthy of the written word. Can you imagine today's taxpayers approving such an effort?

I wonder if we are losing something as we implement e-books? Will our libraries have the look of a video game store?

Tone

I usually don't care much for toning with any significant color change, but it's very effective here. Was that in the original?

[Yes. -Dave]

Remarkable Dynamic Range

Just have to ask, given the great quality of the image - did you run it through an HDR app before posting?

[No. -Dave]

 
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