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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Global Positioning: 1915

Global Positioning: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "U.S. Geological Survey engraving room." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Tarzan of the maps

I have a desperate need to play Tarzan on those lamps.

Sinecure

Looks like a peaceful place to work.

The Light

So much natural light! Windows that might even open! I wish more workplaces today were that bright. Sure, you'd get some glare on computer screens, but it'd be worth it to not feel like you're trapped in a tomb.

Time coating

One can almost see the fine film of institutional dust layering on the eyelids of the workers.

Everybody actually working.

Not one person is playing computer solitaire, looking for a partner, forwarding jokes to friends, looking at porn or ordering stuff online. Can people today imagine that drudgery?

Art

I'm curious what's going on in that painting at the far end of the hall. Allegorical figure of cartography?

 
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