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Image 11 - Fourth Ave. Regrade
This is another of the images of the Seattle regrade projects, dated
This must have been one of Otto's most popular images, because he
continued to print it even after the glass negative cracked. The
crack is visible as a diagonal white line in the upper right corner.
This image is full of action: the trolley in the upper left about
to cross the temporary trestle, the tram carrying dirt in left center,
the steam shovel with crew in the lower right corner, and bystanders
watching from all sides - at the bottom of the hill, at the top of the
hill, and from the windows of the trolley. The smoke stack in the
back belching smoke might have been a coal-fired electric power
11 - Fourth Ave. Regrade - first variant
This copy of the image was cropped further to avoid the cracked
portion, visible as a dark area in the upper right corner. A new
caption has been added as well.
Copy of Image 11 - Fourth Ave. Regrade - Zercher
This copy of Image 11 was made by M. L. Zercher Book and Sta. Co.
of Topeka, Kansas. The image is a little fuzzy, so it was
apparently from a photo of an original Frasch card rather than from the
Image 11X - Fourth Ave. Regrade Seattle
This photo is cropped much less than the others and shows all of
the steam shovel. The image number is 11X; the signature above it
is unreadable but resembles "O. T. Wager." The caption for the
cropped image at the top of this page is visible below the bystanders.