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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Looking Back: 1865

Looking Back: 1865

A St. Augustine, Florida, street view circa 1865. View full size. Left half of a wet-collodion glass-plate stereograph made by Samuel A. Cooley.

 

Clean Streets

It's also interesting how, in these street views in cities in the 1860's, there are no McDonalds wrappers, Coke cans, or candy bar wrappers lying around. Seriously though, there is just no litter of any sort. I suppose every piece of wood, tin, or paper was valuable to someone at this time.

[No paper, but quite a few piles of you-know-what. Under the windows, in the puddle ... - Dave]

 
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