The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2017 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

C&O Canal (Colorized)c: 1925

C&O Canal (Colorized)c: 1925

Glass Negative from the National Photo Company (Library Of Congress). View full size.

actual location and date

This is indeed a great picture. But, it is looking westbound and shows the Key Bridge in the background, not the Pa Ave bridge and everything else described previously by kmgrayphd.

This picture is taken from the footbridge over the canal that leads to the Dean & Deluca courtyard today. The footbridge in the foreground leads to 33rd street and the brick building on the right still exists today. A close look and you can see the 34th street footbridge as well. A small building at the left of the 34th street footbridge may be Henry Foxall's old "city house", or it may have been torn down already by this point and the building there just a brief intermediary.

Due to the existence of the Key Bridge, this photo is no earlier than 1924.

location and date

This is a great picture! It actually shows the Rock Creek basin for the C&O Canal. Note the Pennsylvania Ave. bridge over Rock Creek in the background. The canal proper begins at lock #1 which empties into Rock Creek a little ways down from the bridge (not visible upstream an on the left in this photo). The spit of land on the left was built by the C&O Canal Company and extended Rock Creek down to where the present mouth of the creek is. The original mouth was at K St. below Lock #1. At the new artificial mouth (behind the photographer) was tidelock and a low tumbling dam that created sufficient depth in the basin for the boats from the canal. The spit of land that now hosts the Thompson Boathouse was meant to be a transshipment point between boats using the Potomac and the canal boats. The canal was closed by a flood in March 1924 so I would date this photo c. 1920.

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2017 Shorpy Inc.