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State Street: 1907

State Street: 1907

Portland, Maine, circa 1907. "State Street, looking toward Longfellow monument." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Serene streets

Elms were the tree of choice to line most streets. Dutch Elm disease, sadly, was the cause of many city streets all over North America becoming less serene. When I was a kid, were beautiful, tree-lined boulevards, even in the inner city, are now treeless, unattractive wastelands.

The serenity

is missing without the big trees.

Sigh

It looks so serene I want to take a stroll down the street.

The mailbox is still there

and sitting in about the same place. It looks the same. Wonder if ... no, it couldn't be!

Aw!

Bring back those elms. Gorgeous trees.

And Now

[Except for the cars and the vanished elms, it looks pretty much the same. - Dave]


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Modern.

It's interesting to note that there is only one man-made object in this photo from 104 years ago that would fit in to a modern cityscape. The mail box. Maybe its designer never got enough (or any) credit. If it still works, why redesign it?

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