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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Eight Till Noon: 1865

Eight Till Noon: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Meeting Street, near Broad; St. Michael's Church in middle distance. Photograph of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy." View full size. Left half of a wet-collodion glass-plate stereograph. Juniper Gallery fine-art print.

 

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The view is looking north from just below Broad. The beautiful house on the right remains as does one on the left. Below is the same view from May of 2010.

Re: Tower in the distance

I think the tower in the distance is the Circular Church, which was restored. It and the bigger church in this picture are still standing today. Charleston still looks quite like this picture... just with cars on the streets, and no trees planted in the road.

[Yes, the tower with the scaffold is the Circular Congregational Church, which was being rebuilt after a fire in 1861. - Dave]

Street Trees

That's interesting that trees are planted right in the street, not enclosed like trees would be today.

Blurred man on sidewalk

Notice the guy walking along the sidewalk on the left. He is blurred from his movement. He takes about four steps. There's also someone exiting the dark space between the columns on the right -- also blurred. And of course there's the people seen off in the distance.

[On the right, I think that's a lady with a hat going into the building. - Dave]

Charleston

This looks like it the opposite end of the street of "After the Bombardment."

Still Standing?

Yes indeed, St. Michael's Episcopal still stands. Unlike Atlanta and Columbia and hundreds of other towns and villages along the way of Sherman's march to the sea, Charleston was largely bypassed by the general's hordes. The battery area of Charleston dates to well before the War between the States -- quite a bit is pre-Revolutionary. Well worth a visit if you enjoy old architecture, great food and friendly, welcoming people.

The trees

I'm used to urban trees being planted in gaps in the sidewalk. Interesting that in this shot the sidewalk is paved but the road isn't, and the trees are in the road.

Interesting.

Interesting. The trees lining the street might have served as convenient ties as well as shade for the horses.

Shorpy is one of my favorite sites: a wonderful window into the past.

Tower in the distance

The next tower down the street (with scaffolding): is that another church bell tower? Do any of these beautiful buildings still stand?

 
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