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Window of the Past

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Point Lookout lighthouseScotland, Maryland (October 2015)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPHEastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Point Lookout lighthouse
Scotland, Maryland (October 2015)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Point Lookout Light Station and DepotScotland, Maryland (July 2, 1885)Photo credit: US National Archives

Point Lookout Light Station and Depot
Scotland, Maryland (July 2, 1885)
Photo credit: US National Archives

I always enjoy looking out through the windows of historic buildings and imagining what the view was once like to the original inhabitants.  Was it the same as I’m experiencing?  Likely not.  All sorts of other structures were not there, and sometimes there was even more landscape to see.

Such is the case here.

The chain link fence that is just visible in the above image was added about thirty to forty years ago.  The building beyond the fence was added to the grounds sometime after 1930, long after another building that was there had vanished.  To the right of the window frame (in the image above) lies the moldering remains of a long Coast Guard depot pier, which was still fully functional in 1939 and can be seen in the photograph from the National Archives (image to the right).

There was even more land all around the lighthouse at one time, but it has been slowly eroding away through the centuries.  Eventually the lighthouse itself with have to be moved to reflect the new reality sometime in the future.

Like it or not, the world is changing around us all the time.  We just don’t live long enough to recognize the incredible changes that can take place.

16 thoughts on “Window of the Past

  1. Meg

    I love old windows too! I think trying to understand what the people might have felt/thought/seen is a way to see life through their eyes and it’s beautiful.

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  2. David

    I have a similar sense of wondering what it was like to look through those windows in the past. What did they see, who they saw, etc.

    Along these lines, in your previous article on Urban Geometry in the West in Dillion, MT, later in the evening, Ghost Adventures on The Travel Channel aired the episode on their Hotel Metlan investigation. I thought, “Whoa, what a coincidence! Mitch posted a photo of Williams Feed in Dillon, MT.” In their introduction of the episode, an ever so brief snippet of Williams Feed flashed on the screen.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Ha! I had no idea that the Hotel Metlen was supposed to be haunted. We drove by it several times, but the opportunity for a nice photo never presented itself, so we moved on. Beautiful structure, though…

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  3. zeeslondondiaries

    Your opening sentence is exactly how I feel when I visit places. I love old architecture and I love walking around old places trying to imagine what life around there used to be like generations ago.
    The picture of the window, as well. Beautiful!

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