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One Star Hotel: 1906

One Star Hotel: 1906

Columbus, Ohio, circa 1906. "Hotel Star." Free telegraph in every room! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Head to Toe Service

Business must be good for the barber/shoeshine shop to have two fancy carved poles. While barber poles have been common and readily recognized for ages, this is my very first introduction to a shoeshine pole. I have to say it's attractive.
Come on down!


I like the motion blur on the carriage moving out of frame. Zoom zoom!

The City of Arches

Replicas of the lighted arches still exist in Columbus Ohio on North High Street near The Ohio State University.

See "A Short Walking Tour" here.

North High

The Puntenny & Eutsler music store was located at 231 North High street, so this whole block is gone. The Hotel Star address is 227 N. High.

Columbus, Arch City

Shock of the New

Amidst all the period capital serifs, a surprising lowercase Gill Sans-ish precursor in "Bicycles and Sporting Goods."

Colourised for postcard!

"A view of the Star Hotel located at 227-229 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio. Also shows the metal arches over High Street."

From the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

"May" the force be with you

In noticing the May & Co store on the right I remembered hearing the name over many years and decided to look them up. May & Company was founded 1877 by David May in Leadville, CO during the silver rush. Eventually becoming a nationwide chain, there is no connection to the NYC Mays Department Stores. In 2005 May & Company was merged into Federated Department Stores (Macy's Inc.) for $11 billion in stock.

[This May & Co. was a local Columbus furniture dealer and was not connected with the May Company department store chain. - tterrace]

At last, a dentist !

For some time now, the Shorpy cityscape has not revealed the upstairs dental treatment that we were seeing much of a few months ago.

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