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Ninth & U: 2008

Ninth & U: 2008

Northwest corner of Ninth and U streets, northwest, Washington DC. For "Now & Then" comparison with Elite Laundry: 1924. I couldn't get an equivalent angle to the 1924 photo without fear of being run-over. Also, I hadn't appreciated the wide-angle lens used in the original photo.

This sad abandoned building has certainly seen better times. It looks like its last business incarnation was as a liquor store. It is currently sheathed with Formstone, (aka permastone), "the polyester of brick." The numerous club and concert posters plastered to the walls reminds me of the recent photo of 600 H St. NE: 1925.

Oops, thanks to anonymous tipster for setting me straight on location.

Envisioning the Elite

The lenses on those old view cameras were not especially wide-angle. Broadly speaking, the difference is in the size of the focal plane relative to the size of the lens. A 10-inch-wide glass plate would have been at least five times as wide as the lens aperture; a 35mm film frame (or the average CCD sensor in a digital camera) is about the same width as the lens, or smaller.

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