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

Columbus Revisited: 1910

Columbus Revisited: 1910

Circa 1910. "Union Station, Columbus, Ohio." Your headquarters for the Garden City Self Feeder, whatever that is. Continuing our tour of Columbus on Columbus Day. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Self Feeder

A similar self feeder at work, mounted on a threshing machine.

http://youtu.be/BaZcABBqmcY

Feeders were aftermarket attachments for threshing machines, along with stackers to pile up the straw and weighers to allow a custom thresher to bill the farmer by the bushel. A stacker was either a chain conveyor, or a "windstacker", a centrifugal blower to send the straw out a long steerable spout.

The arms flailing at the top are twine cutters.

Many mysteries

Streetcar 232 has a sign that says "THIS CAR --- FARE" (possibly X PENNY). Wonder what was special about it. (309 has a similar sign but it's harder to read.) Down the street, the B. is being welcomed... wonder who that was.

["This car ... Olentangy Park." -tterrace]

Garden City Self Feeder

You've clearly let your subscription to Threshermen's Review lapse.

The Facade

What you see here is not the station itself, but a structure known as "The Façade" that was built on the north side of the High Street Viaduct over the tracks. The station itself actually sat on the south side of the tracks, between High Street and 3rd Street.

Gone Baby Gone

From 112 trains per day in 1893 to 42 trains per day in 1956 to 10 per day in 1970 to no train service in Columbus at all today. All that remains of this magnificent station designed by Daniel Burnham & Company is seen below.

1897 - 1979

Built in 1897, demolished 1979. The arch from the station was placed in Arch Park, between Nationwide Boulevard and Spring Street.

 
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