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Our Confederate Dead: 1903

Our Confederate Dead: 1903

Augusta, Georgia, circa 1903. "Albion Hotel and Confederate Monument." A full view of the memorial glimpsed here last week. The main inscription: "No nation rose so white and fair. None fell so pure of crime." Facing the camera: Stonewall Jackson. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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The monument is still there, and so is the "Dental Parlors" building, although it's mostly obscured by a tree that was planted some years after this photograph was taken.

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There, in that window

To the left of the monument, in White's store window, the inspiration for Post-It(c) notes.

Insulators Galore

The telephone lineman had iron rungs to climb the pole with, but after that it must have been a challenge to access the upper horizontal cross-arms. The pole on the left may have only 120 lines, because the wires on the top 5 double cross-arms veer off to the right out of the picture. The double arm/insulator arrangement may have been for extra strength due to the change of direction of the wires. The next pole has 9 single cross-arms, but the final pole to the right is back to a full set with wires coming in from the right. Perhaps there was a telephone exchange to the right. In any event, lots of poles and wires. Finally, there are four "floating" cross-arms surrounding the monument.

Dental Parlor

I went to the dentist last month. It wasn't bad, but maybe I would have had an even nicer experience if I had gone to a Dental Parlor.

Double Crossbars

Top five rows on the telephone poles have double crossbars. The bottom 8 rows have only one, so looks like these poles could carry 180 lines at the time.

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