Images: Earth Day then and now

 
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In this January 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives trash and old tires litter the shore at the middle branch of the Patapsco River in the harbor of Baltimore, Md. This archival image was part of the
In this January 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives trash and old tires litter the shore at the middle branch of the Patapsco River in the harbor of Baltimore, Md. This archival image was part of the
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This photo taken April 16, 2012, shows remnants of a tire and rim along the shoreline of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River in Baltimore, Md. The photo was taken near the site of an historic photo taken during the "Documerica" project, 1972-1977, by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This photo taken April 16, 2012, shows remnants of a tire and rim along the shoreline of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River in Baltimore, Md. The photo was taken near the site of an historic photo taken during the "Documerica" project, 1972-1977, by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This May 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows neighborhood youngsters in the playground adjacent to Logan Airport at the end of Neptune Road in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. The photo was taken for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This May 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows neighborhood youngsters in the playground adjacent to Logan Airport at the end of Neptune Road in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. The photo was taken for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken April 14, 2012, shows Neptune Road in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, which ends at the Logan Airport perimeter. The photo was taken from the same vantage point of an historical image taken for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern. There was a playground there then.
This photo taken April 14, 2012, shows Neptune Road in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, which ends at the Logan Airport perimeter. The photo was taken from the same vantage point of an historical image taken for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern. There was a playground there then.
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This April 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows the MBTA (Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority) tracks, crossing across Neptune Road in East Boston, Mass., near Logan Airport. The same view was photographed for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern. The residential neighborhood that was once there is gone.
This April 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows the MBTA (Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority) tracks, crossing across Neptune Road in East Boston, Mass., near Logan Airport. The same view was photographed for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern. The residential neighborhood that was once there is gone.
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This photo taken April 14, 2012, shows a Blue Line subway train passing Neptune Road in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. The same view was photographed during the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern. The residential neighborhood that was once there is gone.
This photo taken April 14, 2012, shows a Blue Line subway train passing Neptune Road in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. The same view was photographed during the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern. The residential neighborhood that was once there is gone.
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This photo, taken between 1972-1977 and released by the U.S. National Archives, shows a truck moving through a residential neighborhood on Lovell Street, adjacent to Logan Airport in Boston. The street ends at the Wood Island Transit Station near a construction for a building to be leased to the food preparation business for one of the airlines. The image was taken for new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This photo, taken between 1972-1977 and released by the U.S. National Archives, shows a truck moving through a residential neighborhood on Lovell Street, adjacent to Logan Airport in Boston. The street ends at the Wood Island Transit Station near a construction for a building to be leased to the food preparation business for one of the airlines. The image was taken for new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken Saturday, April 14, 2012, shows a view of Lowell Street in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston near Logan Airport. The same view was photographed for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern. The residential neighborhood that was once there is gone.
This photo taken Saturday, April 14, 2012, shows a view of Lowell Street in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston near Logan Airport. The same view was photographed for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern. The residential neighborhood that was once there is gone.
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This July 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows Clark Avenue and the Clark Avenue Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, looking east from west 13th Street, are obscured by the smoke from heavy industry. The image was taken as part of the new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This July 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows Clark Avenue and the Clark Avenue Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, looking east from west 13th Street, are obscured by the smoke from heavy industry. The image was taken as part of the new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken on April 12, 2012, shows a view down Clark Avenue from West 13th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. The same view was photographed in 1973 for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This photo taken on April 12, 2012, shows a view down Clark Avenue from West 13th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. The same view was photographed in 1973 for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken in July 1972 shows the Olin Mathieson Chemical Plant on the far side of Side of Lake Charles, La. The photo was taken for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This photo taken in July 1972 shows the Olin Mathieson Chemical Plant on the far side of Side of Lake Charles, La. The photo was taken for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken April 13, 2012, shows people sunning themselves on a beach on Lake Charles, La., opposite a cement terminal on the far side of the lake near the site of the old Olin-Matheison Chemical Plant. The view from the same vantage point was photographed for "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This photo taken April 13, 2012, shows people sunning themselves on a beach on Lake Charles, La., opposite a cement terminal on the far side of the lake near the site of the old Olin-Matheison Chemical Plant. The view from the same vantage point was photographed for "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This June 1972 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows a sunrise over the Olin-Mathieson Plant on the Calcasieu River in Calcasieu Parish, La. The photo was taken for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This June 1972 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows a sunrise over the Olin-Mathieson Plant on the Calcasieu River in Calcasieu Parish, La. The photo was taken for the "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken April 13, 2012, shows a view a a plant near the approximate site of the former Olin-Matheison plant in Lake Charles, La. The view from the same vantage point was photographed for "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This photo taken April 13, 2012, shows a view a a plant near the approximate site of the former Olin-Matheison plant in Lake Charles, La. The view from the same vantage point was photographed for "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, instituted by the then new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows contaminated water in a drainage ditch behind the Pittsburgh Glass Company near Lake Charles, Calcasieu parish, La. The image was taken as part of the new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows contaminated water in a drainage ditch behind the Pittsburgh Glass Company near Lake Charles, Calcasieu parish, La. The image was taken as part of the new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken April 13, 2012, shows a one-time chemical drainage ditch now overgrown with vegetation photographed at the location of an historic photo taken in 1973 near the Pittsburgh Paint and Glass plant in Lake Charles, La. for the Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to documents subjects of environmental concern.
This photo taken April 13, 2012, shows a one-time chemical drainage ditch now overgrown with vegetation photographed at the location of an historic photo taken in 1973 near the Pittsburgh Paint and Glass plant in Lake Charles, La. for the Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to documents subjects of environmental concern.
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This March 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows an illegal dumping area off the New Jersey Turnpike, facing Manhattan across the Hudson River, and north of the land fill area of the proposed Proposed Liberty State Park, N.J.
This March 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows an illegal dumping area off the New Jersey Turnpike, facing Manhattan across the Hudson River, and north of the land fill area of the proposed Proposed Liberty State Park, N.J.
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This photo taken Thursday, April 12, 2012, shows the Jersey City and New York City skylines with the green area near Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. in the foreground. Before becoming a park, the area was a site where illegal dumping covered much of the empty land.
This photo taken Thursday, April 12, 2012, shows the Jersey City and New York City skylines with the green area near Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. in the foreground. Before becoming a park, the area was a site where illegal dumping covered much of the empty land.
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This May 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows ongoing urban development and construction on lower Manhattan's West side, just north of the World Trade Center, right, in New York. The image was taken as part of the new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document.
This May 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows ongoing urban development and construction on lower Manhattan's West side, just north of the World Trade Center, right, in New York. The image was taken as part of the new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document.
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This photo taken April 10, 2012, shows urban development in lower Mahanattan with the World Trade Center, right, in New York. It was photographed near the location of an historic 1973 photo, that was part of the "Documerica" project, begun in 1972 by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This photo taken April 10, 2012, shows urban development in lower Mahanattan with the World Trade Center, right, in New York. It was photographed near the location of an historic 1973 photo, that was part of the "Documerica" project, begun in 1972 by the new Environmental Protection Agency, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This June 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows an "Out of Gas" sign at the gas station at the intersection of SW Jefferson and 18th St. in Portland, Ore., during the fuel shortage. Similar signs cropped up all over the Portland area during the fuel crisis. The image was taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This June 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows an "Out of Gas" sign at the gas station at the intersection of SW Jefferson and 18th St. in Portland, Ore., during the fuel shortage. Similar signs cropped up all over the Portland area during the fuel crisis. The image was taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken April 10, 2012, shows a restaurant sign on the corner of 18th St. and Jefferson shown in Portland, Ore., with a public transportation stop in the background. The photo was from the same vantage point of a June 1973 photo taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern, which then showed an "Out of Gas" sign at the corner gas station during the fuel crisis.
This photo taken April 10, 2012, shows a restaurant sign on the corner of 18th St. and Jefferson shown in Portland, Ore., with a public transportation stop in the background. The photo was from the same vantage point of a June 1973 photo taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern, which then showed an "Out of Gas" sign at the corner gas station during the fuel crisis.
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This April 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows the Publisher's Paper Company at Oregon City, Ore., on the Willamette River. Together with Crown-Zellerbach Corporation, this company led a campaign to clean up the river. The photo was taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This April 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows the Publisher's Paper Company at Oregon City, Ore., on the Willamette River. Together with Crown-Zellerbach Corporation, this company led a campaign to clean up the river. The photo was taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken on April 10, 2012, shows the Publisher's Paper Company mill, now closed, on the Willamette River in Oregon City, Ore. The photo was taken from the same vantage point of a 1973 photo, taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern. At the time the paper mill, together with Crown-Zellerbach Corporation, led a campaign to clean up the river.
This photo taken on April 10, 2012, shows the Publisher's Paper Company mill, now closed, on the Willamette River in Oregon City, Ore. The photo was taken from the same vantage point of a 1973 photo, taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern. At the time the paper mill, together with Crown-Zellerbach Corporation, led a campaign to clean up the river.
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This Nov. 1972 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows the industrialized port area of Corpus Christi, Texas. The image was taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This Nov. 1972 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows the industrialized port area of Corpus Christi, Texas. The image was taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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This photo taken April 13, 2012, shows the industrialized port area of Corpus Christi, Texas. The view was photographed from the same vantage point of a November 1972 photo, taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
This photo taken April 13, 2012, shows the industrialized port area of Corpus Christi, Texas. The view was photographed from the same vantage point of a November 1972 photo, taken for the then new Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" program, 1972-1977, to document subjects of environmental concern.
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