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The Other Algonquin: 1904

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The Other Algonquin: 1904

Dayton, Ohio, circa 1904. "Algonquin Hotel, Ludlow and Third." Now the Dayton Grand. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dayton Grand Hotel-Downtown

Still there!

Roll up your pant legs

In 1913 this scene would be inundated by a flood severe enough to get its own Wikipedia entry.

Egg Creme

Would love to pop into the drug store and have an advertised soda at the fountain. Simple pleasures.

 
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