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Washington Winter: 1917

Washington Winter: 1917

1917. The Capitol in the snow. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Lovely Atmospherics!

My title is my comment!

Shrouded Metaphor

The Capitol, our seat of government, shrouded in a mist as the spectre of a great war loomed on the horizon.


Gorgeous shot; love the lamps and the way they frame the view.

January 1961

This reminds me of the scene in Washington on the evening before JFK was sworn in, in January 1961. I came down from New York by train to witness the inauguration with a buddy who was living in DC at the time. The entire East Coast was being inundated by a heavy 2-foot snowfall.
When the train arrived at Union Station, traffic was at a virtual standstill and there were no cabs operating. Standing in front of the station, I was plotting my next move when a guy in a private car pulled up and asked where I was heading. I told him, "Way out to 15th and Connecticut." He said to hop in. Somehow he maneuvered his car out onto Pennsylvania Avenue and eventually we got to my destination after a very difficult drive. He at first refused any reward for his Good Samaritanship, but I insisted that he accept $10 for his trouble. He was obviously as much enthralled by the idea that John Kennedy was becoming the president as I was.


I'm studying US History in 8th grade and just learned about the Capitol Building!

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