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Two views of Monument Square looking west up Congress Street, in 1938 and on the morning of Nov. 1, 2013. Click and drag the green slider to compare.

The historic photo comes from the Portland Room collection at the Portland Public Library, where the photographic negatives from the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Portland Evening Express are currently being archived and catalogued. In Flashback, we’ll periodically share some of our favorites from this collection, which spans from the 1930s to the 1990s.

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Historic photo from the Press Herald archives housed at the Portland Public Library; contemporary photo by John Patriquin, Staff Photographer.