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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Tales of Tarrytown: 1913

Tales of Tarrytown: 1913

Circa 1913. "Main Street -- Tarrytown, New York." Let's meet on the wicked side of the street. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

None of these buildings exist now

The part of Tarrytown's Main Street in this photo has been changed extensively. The street at right was Bird Avenue in 1913. The train station was a short distance away on that street. Train tracks were no more than 25 feet behind the photographer. Bird is now called Depot Plaza. The cross street in the center foreground was Orchard Street. It's now River Plaza on the left and Franklin Street on the right. The farthest street on the left is Cottage Place, which is still there. The large house atop the hill on Cottage Place was the home of F. J. Kaldenberg, the first meerschaum pipe manufacturer in the U. S. He died the year before this photo was taken.

Tarrytown's business district now begins a couple of blocks beyond Cottage Place.

Wilbur's Sweet Clover Chocolate

A four-column vending machine with pepsin gum in two columns and chocolate in two columns.

You Scream, I Scream

We all Scream for Ice Cream. Jacob Fussell is reputed to be the man who opened the first commercial Ice Cream Plant. This was in 1851 at 180 North Exeter Street in Baltimore. The Good Humor Man and Mr Softee showed up much later.

Pepsin Gum Redux

There's that Pepsin Gum dispenser again, this time nailed to a power pole on the corner. We've seen it before, but I can't recall where!

Trashy photo

One thing that I find especially interesting about these vintage street scenes is how much litter you see on the street. Pretty much every one posted on Shorpy shows lots of garbage scattered around. I dunno, I guess I assumed that people in the olden days were tidier than they really were.

 
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