White House in 1866

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    Executive Mansion, North Front

    A scattering of pedestrians pose on the sidewalk in front of the north face of the White House in 1866, only one year after the end of the Civil War. Although most of the figures are adult men, there is one woman in a hoop skirt and a young girl. Notice how Pennsylvania Avenue is unpaved dirt, which must have been a muddy mess in inclement weather, but there is a set of trolly or rail lines down the center of the street.

    Photo by G.D. Wakely, Washington, DC.

    ggaabboo, The Lady of Shalot, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. The Lady of Shalot 77 months ago | reply

      This is wonderful! I must say I like it more this way: looks stately, but not so grand; remote, but not inaccessible.

    2. Piedmont Fossil 77 months ago | reply

      When Lincoln was president just prior to this, anybody could walk into the White House and seek an appointment with the Chief Executive. Can you imagine that happening today?

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