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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Hello Columbus: 1909

Hello Columbus: 1909

Columbus, Ohio, circa 1909. "Aerial view from courthouse." Shorpy, who knows how to have a good time, is celebrating Columbus Day with this detailed panorama made from three 8x10 glass negatives. View full size.

 

Theo Wolfram Co.

Patented the Aluminum fretboard guitar in 1893 and was only in business another year or so after this photo was taken. I love these slices of life from a century ago, you never know what you'll see and learn.
http://19thcenturyguitar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&i...

From East Main and South High

I believe this is photograph was taken looking north from the roof of the Great Southern Hotel (seen here http://www.shorpy.com/node/9133) at the corner of East Main Street and South High Street. At least two buildings are still extant on the west side of High Street with another that may have an updated façade. In addition to the Capitol rotunda noted by srich12345 in the center distance, the tall building at 8 East Broad Street is visible (also seen here http://www.shorpy.com/node/8661 and still extant). The view toward this vantage point looking south down South High Street from State Street can be seen here http://www.shorpy.com/node/8652.

[Good catch. If this had actually been taken from the Courthouse, the Great Southern Hotel would be visible from this angle. - tterrace]

Dad Entered OSU in 1909

My father entered the engineering school of OSU in 1909, graduated in 1913.

He had stories that the streetcars were short affairs with just a single solidly mounted 4-wheel truck. There was so much overhang that the naughty university boys could time their jumping at each end and cause the car to (nearly??) leave the track.

Happy Columbus Day

Delightful shot of my city, including the distinctive Statehouse rotunda.
Big Al42--This would be well south of the current convention center--about 12 blocks south. It looks north on High Street, from about Mound Street.

Re: Then and now

The convention center would actually be farther to the north, out of view in this picture. The tall two-toned building near the upper center of the photo is still there today.

Then and now

I love these detailed panoramas. Most of the fun (after absorbing the detail) is trying to match them to the Google streetview equivalents. Assuming this is looking north (based on shadows) and using the address on Stewart Brothers store, would this same view would now be looking at the Greater Columbus Convention Centre?

The Trolley Follies

Looks like Columbus is celebrating Columbus Day with Streetcars on Parade.

 
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