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Downward Spiral: 1936

Downward Spiral: 1936

Washington, D.C., circa 1936. "U.S. Supreme Court interiors. Stairwell looking down." Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

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Cut n' paste

It would have been a better photo if Ted had Photoshopped out the tripod.

Broke one of the golden rules of photography

Don't get your camera bag or tripod in the picture!

Hitchcockian!

Wonder that Hitchcock didn't shoot a film here.

Stone cutting the treads

Imagine the labor involved in cutting out the 3 rectangular holes for the upright balustrades? 3 per tread x's many. In Sicilian marble too.

Escher

Would really dig these crazy stairs.

Great Ride

Do Supreme Court pages, or Justices in their robes, slide down that railing?
A leg of the photographer's tripod is in the bottom of the frame.

Apparatus

I love the tripod at our feet.

Great Custodial Staff

I visited the SCOTUS building last summer and peered down that stairway; they have managed to get rid of the lettering etched into the floor.

Drip ... drip

There must be leak in the roof. There's a watermark at the bottom.

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