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Vintage photos of:
Toledo circa 1910. "Madison Avenue and the Ohio Building." Personal favorite among the many businesses represented here: window for the Toledo Vacuum Cleaner Co. ("THE VACUUM CLEANING MACHINE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENCES"). 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.