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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Marshall House II: 1860s

Marshall House II: 1860s

Alexandria, Va., 1861-69. "The Marshall house, King & Pitt Streets." Wet plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair. Photographer unknown. View full size.

 

+145 (approx.)

Below is the same view from December of 2010. The building visible behind the wagon in the 1860s still stands on Pitt Street.

Col. Ellsworth

Site of the murder of Colonel Ellsworth, "first martyr of the Civil War."

To Their Credit

At least they weren't dealing in slaves.

S. & W. Meyenberg

Evening Virginia Sentinel
March 5 1861

Location: Alexandria, Va.
Page/Column: Page 1

Description: Advertisements

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S. & W. MEYENBERG: Wholesale and retail dealers in foreign and domestic dry goods, notions, fancy and millinery goods, 107 corner of King and Pitt Streets, Alexandria, Va. All orders from the country will be promptly attended to.
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King and Pitt

I checked Google Maps, but it appears Alexandria has yet to be photographed by their street view team. I'm tempted to head to this location over the weekend and compare today with then. I know for sure that the streets are less muddy!

Deja Lew

She's staring right at you! Wouldn't want to meet her in a dark alley.

Lewis Hine took several pictures of workers in the Old Dominion Glass Factory in Alexandria. It's interesting to see the town about 50 years later.

Spooky Lady

...in the second floor window. A stick is holding the sash up. What great detail!

 
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