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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Awning Manor: 1908

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Awning Manor: 1908

1908. "Rockingham Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Library

My husband and I have been inside this building many times. On the first floor, to the right is a wonderful (but expensive) restaurant called the Library. They specialize in meat. I guess they found their niche since every other eatery in Portsmouth caters to seafood lovers.

The library has been there a long time. The walls are lined with books that you can look at while you eat. They also bring your check inside of a book. It's a fun place.

Falling backwards

Yep, that's the place, falling backwards because of perspective distortion. Makes you look at old straight buildings with new respect considering the skill it took to make them straight.

By the way, there are other faces in the center horizontal line of the building as well, which Wikipedia didn't cover. Can anyone figure out who *they* are? One may be a cherub (far left) but the others?

["The Four Seasons of Man." -tterrace]

Perspective

Excellent perspective correction by lens shifting. Note how the lines do not converge, unlike the Google Streetview image in another comment.

Lord Rockingham

I wonder if that is the Marquess himself in the left pediment.

[It's Woodbury Langdon. The other bust is Frank Jones. -tterrace]

Still a beauty!

 
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