This is a beautiful lithograph from Currier and Ives that I came across of Washington D.C.
It is called Chesapeake Bay Area – The City of Washington.
It’s amazing how much less developed things were just a little more than a century ago.
You can clearly see the major landmarks and institutions like The Capitol, the Washington Monument, and The White House, but not much else in terms of government.
Notice that even the Supreme Court building isn’t there–it wasn’t completed until 1935.
We are a fast-growing and advancing society with a maturing government and capital city that today makes this historical photo look almost as if it’s from fairy tale.
It’s nice to look back and see how far we’ve come and introspect on where we are going. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)