Before the angular bank building stood at what is now 1 Monument Square, the eastern end of the Square was home to Edwards & Walker hardware store. This was the vantage point for the view below, looking west along Congress Street. The photo was taken in 1935, using a glass-plate 4×5″ camera. Before the invention of cellulose film, glass provided the needed transparent surface for photographic emulsions.
This particular photograph preserves a very brief moment, recorded 75 years ago, but the image continues to inform us!
At the right side of the image, you can see where the Library is today.
posted: , by Abraham Schechter