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Fayette Street: 1910

Fayette Street: 1910

Syracuse, New York, circa 1910. "Post Office, Fayette Street from Warren." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Dig we must

Five guys working, three checking for traffic and two (apparently) supervising. Times were only slightly different then.

I take that back, there are two unattended bicycles confidently left by their owners. Try that nowadays!

A Warranty With Some Teeth In It

Above the smoke shop on the left:

"Painless Dentistry, 'All work guaranteed for 10 years."

I wonder if my dentist guarantees his work for 10 years?

Most Stoic Fella

Am I the only one to smoke out the wooden Indian standing on the corner?

What an intriguing neighborhood!

I would love to live here. This reminds me of city scenes in Marx brothers' or Charlie Chaplin's movies.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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