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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.

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Below is the same view from July of 2015.


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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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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