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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

King Street: 1910

King Street: 1910

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1910. "King Street looking north." Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

King Street Then & Now

I love this photo as well because in 1905, my father's family owned a shop in #255 which is the building on the very left side of this image - the Jewelry Store under the clock.
I also had a friend photograph the street from the same angle in July 2011 and here is my own "Then & Now" interpretation.
Deborah

Kerrison's Dry Goods

is still there 100 years later.

+95

Below is the identical view taken in May of 2010 from Hasell (pronounced HAZEL) Street.

Hirsch, Israel & Co.

The tall domed structure is the tower of the Hirsch, Israel & Co. department store, not a synagogue, on the corner of King and Wentworth streets.

King Street

This incredible image of King Street in 1915 (original file) can be found at the LOC site.

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/det.4a24156

There is an ucompressed 30 mb scan (tiff format) of the original glass negative. I have downloaded it and tried my best in Photoshop to reproduce what you see here on Shorpy, but no luck. Any ideas on how to clean up the original from LOC like they did here?

["They" would be me. I used the Shadows & Highlights filter to get the image you see here. - Dave]

253 King Street Today

The Beth Israel synagogue seems to be gone. Can't find any info online about what happened to it, though.

A Clean Sweep

Lazarus' hardware store seems to be especially devoted to brooms. Judging from the amount of horse droppings on the street, I bet they came in handy.

From Clutter to Art

What a wonderful photo; I'll add my "yea" to the chorus of approbation. The signs, which might have been eyesores to folks at the time, are now like individual pieces of street art.

Signs

I just love this picture. Not only the clothing, but all the signs as well. Being the owner of a sign shop, this gives me a lot too look at. Wish there was a favorites button I could add this to.

Lights

All those stringed lights! I'd hate to be the one that had to change out all those bulbs!

Another awesome picture

I love the details, and this snapshot of life in those days. The outfits, the young men hanging on the corner watching the pretty girls go by. The woman in back in white, while most of the other women are in black. And the hats, I love the hats.

King Street

What a wonderful photo -- so much to look at. Charleston has done an amazing job keeping many of these buildings intact -- King Street is still a posh shopping district with many of these buildings now housing Ralph Lauren and the like, but with many of the original details of the facades intact. The church in the middle distance is St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, a landmark building.

Beth Israel Synagogue

The tall building on the left is, I believe, Beth Israel Synagogue, built around 1911.

[As noted above this is not a synagogue but rather the Hirsch, Israel & Co. department store. - Dave]

 
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