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Washington's Shadow: 1942

Washington's Shadow: 1942

        "With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 8, 1941

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "Construction of temporary war emergency buildings on the Mall, near 16th and 17th Streets N.W., seen from the top of the Washington Monument." Acetate negative by John Ferrell for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Then and Now

We're looking northwest toward the corner of 17th and Constitution Avenue. You can see the Second Infantry Division Memorial at the upper right. This has all been returned to a nice big lawn now.

Those temporary buildings live on - sort of

I vaguely remember riding past those buildings on the Mall as a small child in early 50s. When the Government finally tore them down circa 1955, my father, who was an FBI agent at the Washington Field Office in the Old Post Office Building, managed to obtain some of the lumber before it went to a landfill. He built a wood-sided garden house in the corner of the back yard that mirrored the front facade of our new brick house in Fairfax, VA. To my knowledge, that little building still stands 65 years later. My Dad was a craftsman.

Gnomon is the Word of the Day

As a followup to wally's "Light Bulb" comment that is one huge "Gnomon".
A gnomon is the official name for the part of the sundial that casts the shadow.

*Light bulb*

That'd make a great sundial.

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