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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

He Makes Shirts: 1905

He Makes Shirts: 1905

Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1905. "Looking north on Gay Street from near Clinch Avenue." A pulsing commercial artery where Hope Jewelers, The Man's Store and East Tennessee National Bank are among the businesses vying for your trade. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sign?

What does that sign that says "sign" signify?

["SIGNS." -tterrace]

The telephone pole to the left

Can you spot the floating insulator?

It seems the pin popped out of the crossarm.

Odd Marketing

That The Knoxville Banking Company elected to place their ad on a trashcan has me wondering - What was the composition of their focus group?

Excellent Mission Statement

"He Makes Shirts" would make an excellent mission statement. It's clear, concise, and easy to remember!

Much has changed.

But much is still there! The street looks so much cleaner and happier today:


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