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Illuminations: 1913

Illuminations: 1913

Washington, D.C. March 3, 1913. "Illuminations on Pennsylvania Avenue for Wilson inauguration." View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.



I must say, this is a great example of the effect of halation on a thick film emulsion - and, in the streetlight on the very far right, an example of the sabbatier effect, as well. Sorry, just being a vintage photography nerd.

[No film was used in the making of this photograph. Film as we know it today did not exist in 1913. This picture was exposed on a glass plate. - Dave]

Electric lights? Bah!

I love the light up advertisement "Use Electric Light". I guess that was for all those people in 1913 that still didn't think that the whole "electric lights" thing was going to take off.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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