Flags Flying Furiously

I was in South Bend a few summers ago with my Canonet QL17 G-III, wandering around downtown looking for things to photograph. You can’t get any more downtown in South Bend than the intersection of Michigan and Washington Streets, where I took this photo; that’s geographic zero in my hometown. All building and house numbers start here, counting up from 100 to the north, south, east, and west.

This is the American Trust Company building. Despite its classic style, the building dates to 1970. American Trust has been bought and sold many times, but whoever owns the building today still flies American flags along the Washington Street side – 14 in all, plus one atop the building. See it on Google Maps Street View here. These flags are my Independence Day greeting to you. Enjoy your celebration tomorrow!


10 responses to “Captured: Flags flying furiously”

  1. davidvanilla Avatar

    Thank you, and happy Fourth of July to you!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Let’s hope the forecasted rain is just a joke.

  2. pesoto74 Avatar

    Happy 4th. It is interesting that they would use that style as recently as the 70’s. I guess that shows how old I am that the 70’s seem recent.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, I was surprised as well to find that this building was built in 1970.

  3. Lone Primate Avatar
    Lone Primate

    All’s forgiven! You can come home anytime you like! Honestly, guys, don’t you think the Queen would look nicer on the money than that awful Andy Jackson?

    …I mean, Happy Independence Day, down there. :D

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m more partial to the notes that are graced by Ben Franklin’s ugly mug! :-)

      1. Lone Primate Avatar
        Lone Primate

        That man was worth five of Andrew Jackson in my books.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          And a hundred George Washingtons!

  4. Bernie Kasper Avatar

    Great shot Jim, I like Ben on my money portrait as well lol !!

    Btw you should see the river down here, and we are supposed to have this little boat race this weekend !!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Bernie! It’s been a wet summer so far, to be sure. I’m sure the Ohio is engorged. Hope they get the race in!

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