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U.S. Treasury: 1917

U.S. Treasury: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Treasury Department north from 15th Street & Penna. Ave. N.W." 8x10 glass negative, National Photo Company. View full size.

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This photo was taken less than a decade after the original 15th St. facade—made of soft Acquia Creek sandstone—was replaced with granite in 1908.

The Parking Is . . .

Proficient. Because the road has a decline, the drivers are ensuring that their cars will not roll downhill when parked. In the days before drivers education in schools, no DMV test to receive your drivers license, and easy to remember rules, like "Up and Away," this is what happened. Cable operated emergency brakes were also more prone to failure back then, and most cars did not have front wheel brakes until the mid-1920s.

The photo reminded me of the back of the old $10 bill that is now out of print (image below).

We have a winner!

Tyler Gillihan wins Shorpy “Comment of the Year”! As a long-time Shorpy fan, I was both deeply amused and genuinely educated by your plinth critique. Well done!


This is the view with the Riggs National Bank in the background on 15th Street. The view shown here isn't on the 10 (ten) dollar bill. The front view is shown on this bill and 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW is the address. It has the statue of Albert Gallatin (4th Secretary of Treasury) in front. Visitors enter through the front.


I understand that the piano nobiles cornice is the implied plinth for all those attic bases, but it just looks wrong. Without individual plinths for each column the whole order appears slightly truncated.

[Took the words right out of my mouth. -tterrace]

We have all three kinds of parking here

Parallel, perpendicular, and point. Four, if you include plentiful.

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