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Wartime Washington Monument: 1943

Wartime Washington Monument: 1943

November 1943. "The Washington Monument." The "tan line" a third of the way up shows where construction resumed in the 19th century after a hiatus of many years. Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.


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Georgia marble

Growing up in Georgia we were always told that marble from Georgia was used when the construction began, but the Civil War called a halt to that, and they finished it after the war with inferior Yankee marble, thus the visible line. ;-)

Lum & Abner

This reminds me of what the radio hillbilly Abner said when he saw the monument:

"They stuck the wrong end in the ground, and it doesn't look anything like George Washington anyway!"


Those parked cars arrayed around the Monument give a Stonehenge feel to the image.

Not what I heard

Some Park Police officers were alleged to have told gullible looking tourists that the line was the high water mark from the Great Flood of 1893.

That's what "they" want you to believe

But the truth is that's where it was rebuilt after the Saucers invaded Earth.

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