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

Executive Branch: 1911

Executive Branch: 1911

Circa 1911, our second selection from the panoramic series "Washington from Washington Monument." Landmarks include the State, War & Navy Building at left; the White House and Ellipse; and U.S. Treasury. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Panoramic is really great.

This series is really fantastic. I've found the first three of this series but can't seem to locate 4, 5 and 6. The Sumner School (17th and M Street) jumps out at me left of center because that's exactly what I see square on from my office window.

Sundial

Anyone know what happened to the sundial where the south fountain is or was it just trashed?

+93

Below is the same view from July of 2004.

Where Shorpy excels

This set of panoramic shots, depicting Washington DC in 1911, is an incredible example of where this website excels in bringing history to life. I only wish I had a larger screen on which to relish this photo.

Of course, we should also credit the original photog(s) who captured the scene for future generations to ponder.

Now, if I only had a 1911 Rand-McNally...

[Unfortunately, any records of the photographers employed by the Detroit Publishing Company or who made specific exposures have apparently not survived. -tterrace]

I spy...

... The Cairo, at about 1 o'clock from the White House.

Things Sure Have Changed

There's a lot more trees and a much bigger fence around that side of the White House today. In fact when we were there in 2009, we saw a secret service person all dressed in black lurking in the trees with a machine gun.

 
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