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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Buffalo Savings: 1904

Buffalo Savings: 1904

Buffalo, New York, circa MCMIV. "Buffalo Savings Bank." Just look at the time -- I:LV -- gotta run! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Grand old building with such great detail!

The striking detail on beautiful old buildings like this always amazes me! So glad this one is still standing!

I've got my cloak

Now where is the Dagger shop?

Those who are tardy do not get Fruit Cup

I have to wonder if Nurse Diesel is standing behind one of those large arched windows and if there is a spiderweb shadow on the walls inside.

Did the sweepers have a quota?

How much territory was a street sweeper expected to cover? I think I see another sweeper by the restaurant. How did they manage to clean the streets in the winter - Buffalo can get a lot of snow? As for the letter box - my neighborhood had one until just a few years ago. The Wilkinson Building has a sign proclaiming "Wearing Apparel" - is there any other kind? I'm afraid I am still trying to interpret Dave's reading of the clock.

[I:LV = 1:55. - Dave]

Don't HVIII Me

I know, I am probably weird, but I have been an XIIDIGITATOR for many years as well as a fan of sniglets.

XIIDIGITATION (ksi dij i tay' shun) n. The practice of trying to determine the year a movie was made by deciphering the Roman numerals at the end of the credits.

It also works for cornerstones and grave monuments in addition to movie credits.

Groovy hydrants

Especially the one on the left.

Completed in 1901

This still-standing Beaux Arts building was designed by the Buffalo firm of Green & Wicks. The dome was originally copper-sheathed but is now gilded with gold leaf.

MDCCCXCIC

OK, I was away from school the day they taught Roman numerals, never did learn them, I never knew when any building was ever built.

Ding-ding

Note the two ladies posing coyly with their two-wheeled steed, behind the fire hydrant.

"I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can't get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood." So sayeth Susan B. Anthony, in 1896, er, MDCCCXCVI.

Buffalo Guys

There are 2 men in straw Boater hats standing at the curb in front of the J.M. Wilkinson & Co store. One of them appears to have jumped the gun by about 90 years and could be talking on his cell phone, while the other one seems to be blowing his nose into the street.

Cloak for sale

Oh good the store next door sells cloaks! They are hard to find. It would have been nice if a cloak wearer was seen strutting the latest in early 20th century garb. BTW was 1899 the year the building was built?

U.S. Mail

Why the different mailboxes? You would think that with the most widespread form of communication (with phones a way distant second) that mailboxes would be large and all over the place.

[With letterboxes on practically every street corner, and pickups at least twice a day, they don't need to be that big. The telegraph, and telegrams, would be No. 2 for intercity communication. - Dave]

 
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