GW/NYSE - Studio 1482 Illustration


washington ny stock exchange

I was downtown on Wall Street today at 4:55 pm.  I started to draw GW and the NYSE building and then heard the church bells ring at 5:00 pm.  Now what!  I expected something to happen on Wall St. at the NYSE: the walls would crumble, the roof would blow off or maybe the people who worked at the Exchange would come screaming and raving out of the building.  I hadn’t heard any news about the vote in Congress and wondered what the outcome was.  If it didn’t pass I figured everyone would be in a panic.  Instead, Wall St. was quiet, business as usual.  I think FDR said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”  He was right.  And still is.  It made me feel more confident to say those words to myself while drops of rain began to fall.  At 5:00 it started to rain pretty hard so I left.  I only got this one drawing in and had to leave.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

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