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Candy Kitchen: 1908

Candy Kitchen: 1908

Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908. "View of Monroe Street showing Hotel Pantlind." Not to mention the Candy Kitchen and Ice Cream Parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Cover Story

What's the story behind the tarps that are covering some of the store front windows?

So many people

By my count there are over 40 people (and one dog) visible in the picture. That's more than in most cityscape pictures, even ones in much larger cities than Grand Rapids.

Spacious Streetscape

It's positively capacious! No bus shelters, benches, trees or overflowing litter receptacles. There aren't even any parking meters or lampposts to properly lock those newfangled bicycles against.


It would be called Kandy Kitchen.

Don't use the tower clock to sync your pocket watch

The clock on the tower says that it is 9:34, but the shadows, especially the awnings on the hotel, appear to be more middle of the day, noontime, shadows to me.

Amway Grand Plaza

The old Pantlind Hotel is now the east portion of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Handlesbar Net

I like the net on the bike, and note correct usage: two handles, one bar.

[Kind of like teethbrush, or eyesglasses. - Dave]

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