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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

U.S. Treasury: 1910

U.S. Treasury: 1910

"Treasury, 15th Street and Executive Avenue." A circa 1910 glass negative showing water damage. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Sustenance

When I saw this photograph, my first thought screamed "$10 bill"! followed by "Where is the old car"? The similarity to a 10-spot gave me quite a jolt. As a college student, I survived off two $10 bills a week for all my food; just the mere sight of this picture evokes a strong reaction in my gut. Daniel Boone probably felt the same way about seeing deer antlers.

Right on the Money

The little building behind the treasury is a bank branch. At one time (before it was engulfed by Bank of America) it belonged to American Security Bank, which advertised itself as "right on the money".

Money shot

Looks like just a few steps off the image of the Treasury on the old-style $10 bills.

 
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