Photo of the State Department During the Civil War

We posted a great old photo of the old State Department Building earlier. Here’s another, similar angle photo of the building, but much clearer. Click on it for some amazing details.

Does anyone know why there are a large number of wooden boxes at the main entrance to the building? Those seem too small to be caskets. Any thoughts?

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Old State Department Building, corner 15 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue - photo taken during the Civil War
Old State Department Building, corner 15 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue – photo taken during the Civil War

Source: Library of Congress

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  • Larry

    Zoom in and you see wooden boxes of various sizes. Perhaps it’s a shipment of supplies or an office move (in or out). Also note the apple seller by the fence with a sign on his chest.

  • dorisyork

    If you zoom in to the man selling the apples, keep going right until it stops. It looks to be a double negative of a man pointing a gun at another………or ghosts!!!! Am I the only one that sees it?

  • Paul Wahler

    There are definitely two images of people in the lower right of the photo. Undoubtedly due to the long exposure time of photographs of the day. Some pedestrians wandered into the scene for a brief period (seconds) and “ghosts” appear on the completed exposure. Besides the boxes, there is a heavy timber frame which can be seen just inside the fence – look past the streetlight. It was common to move goods in wooden crates in those pre-cardboard days. I am guessing that some moving-in or moving-out was happening.