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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ART

Merchants & Miners: 1917

Merchants & Miners: 1917

Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1917. "Merchants and Miners Wharf." Over at the pants factory: GIRLS WANTED. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
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I think the image was taken from a boat or barge -- love the rail cars on barges. Where the barges are in the image is now residential homes - really nice right on the water.

At least two buildings survived.

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Wow. That sign must be huge to be seen so clearly at that distance!

Girls Wanted

I work right about where that sign was. I will have to look on Monday if any of these buildings are still there. It will be easier to go across the water to Portsmouth and look from there. The photographer was either in "P-town" (as it's referred to now) or on a boat in the Elizabeth River, which is the water that you see here. It is less than a half mile across at this point.

 
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