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Old Virginia: 1905

Old Virginia: 1905

Richmond, Virginia, circa 1905. "Main Street from Eleventh." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size. An earlier (and lower) view here.

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Wow!! Six Steetcars ... No Waiting

After having to stand on street corners for about half of my 70 years it almost seems like heaven to be able to get a ride within minutes.

The only time I can remember seeing so many cars was during the gas rationing days of WWII when more streetcars were on the street to get workers to their defense jobs.

O. H. Berry building

Here's a colorful view of the building in the foreground, around 1910, with a spiffy new horseless carriage parked out front:

"The Berry Building (Home of O. H. Berry & Co. Richmond, Va.). This splendid building for many years past owned and occupied by the foremost clothiers of the entire south -- O.H. Berry & Company is not only a delight to the eye from the exterior but is one of the handsomest and best appointed buildings inside -- for the conduct of a high-class clothing business such as is done by this firm -- to be found anywhere in this country. Unsurpassed facilities and unsurpassable clothing is the slogan of the Berry Store."

I love the detail of the mule team in front of the store with the man riding the near-side wheel mule. Also note the cowcatchers (mule-catchers?) on the streetcars.

A One Horse Town

No, it's more of a one car town. I can barely see , what I think is an automobile,
about one block beyond the last trolley car. If I'm wrong then this is a no car town.

New Richmond

I think the first building on the left has been replaced, but the second building with the ground-floor arches and the adjacent few buildings are still there. See Google streetview at approximately 1020 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA.

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