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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Poet in the Park: 1906

Poet in the Park: 1906

1906. "Washington Park -- Charleston, South Carolina." The bust is of Charleston native son Henry Timrod, "poet laureate of the Confederacy," backdropped by the Washington Light Infantry Obelisk, a Civil War monument. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

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Not a happy future for the war poet

Sherman took care of his house, then tuberculosis took care of him.

Learned something new

I didn't know the Confederacy had a "poet laureate." I live in SC and have been to Charleston many times. Have never seen these things, but that is because I spend so much time trying to get around in Charleston with its murderous traffic and haphazard roads that you find in all old cities designed for horse and buggy.

Fireproof Building

The big white building at the left is the County Records Office, better known as the "Fireproof Building," designed by Robert Mills and built 1822-1826. Mills was a native of Charleston who later went on to design many important buildings in Washington, including the Washington Monument and the Treasury Building.

100 years of tree growth

As with all these views in southern cities, 100 years of tree growth have rendered the current view almost unrecognizable:

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