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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Wabasha Street: 1905

Wabasha Street: 1905

St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1905. "Wabasha Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Here's the shot

Look it's a drug store! Quick let's take a picture. Seems so many of these street shots contain a drug store on the corner. Is that because they were always on the main street?

Independent Order of Odd Fellows

I searched the 'net quite a while to understand the meaning of both the handshake and the animal heads over the doorway between Allen's Bakery and Parker Drugs. I also searched quite a bit to discern the obscured letters in the acronym above them. I was also inquisitive about the tall box near the curb with its electric or phone wires that lead to the same doorway.

After overlooking them, I finally noticed the three rings painted on the tall box and that gave me the clue that the acronym undoubtedly refers to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Being a fraternal organization, the handshake symbolism is self-evident. I still don't know what the animal heads represent.

An old newspaper notice informs that Allen's Bakery was located at 368 Wabasha. The current resident at 370 Wabasha is a company called Ecolab. I could not find a citation for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at this location.

St. Paul bike law

St. Paul's leaders had not banned bicycles from city street, so long as they did not go too fast:

One left.

If you continue north in the current view to 7th street, you will see the Fitzpatrick Building. Built in 1890 and listed on the National Register. In the 1905 photo, this would be to the left of the turning streetcar.

The sole of honor!

now who wouldn't be proud to put that on their feet.

Sakes Be

There doesn't appear to be a bicycle in sight! Could the city fathers have banned them?

Meet Me in the Morning

Meet me in the morning, 56th and Wabasha
Meet me in the morning, 56th and Wabasha
Honey, we could be in Kansas
By time the snow begins to thaw.

Bob Dylan, 1974

Nothing Left

Judging by the street address on the left - 377 - the photograph appears to be the view from 5th Street. If so, nothing is left from this view.


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Meet me for lungh at the Wabasha

Well,it looks like a "G" to me.

Starchy? Strict?

What on earth does "Stern Tailoring" involve? All life is here, the respectable family outside the bakery, the shady looking boys outside a shop selling drugs, two people playing chicken with a tram. And the dog, is he about to give the photographer a nip or a wet leg?

["Stern Tailors -- Clothing with a severe cut." - Dave]

 
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