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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Our Town: 1905

Our Town: 1905

Circa 1905. "Seventh Street at Cedar, St. Paul, Minnesota." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Looking west on 7th

The building on the left, Stein and Co., would be replaced in the 1950s by a new W.T. Grant store. Farther down the street, on the right, is the Emporium department store. It would later relocate down the street, on the left, to occupy an entire block between Robert and Jackson streets.

Miss Percy Haswell

What role could she have been playing in "Rip Van Winkle"? Certainly not the lead! She was described by one contemporaneous writer as "so blonde, so blue-eyed, with voice so throaty sweet. She was a lass from Austin, Texas, but to me she seemed to belong to some other world altogether."

Plenty of Gals

There seems to be a good representation of the fairer sex in this photo. I count at least 22. Given that relatively few women worked (outside the home) at this time, that's a good number.

Clocks

I love the clocks that look like giant pocket watches. They aren't synchronized but pretty close!

[Those are painted signs. Right twice a day! - Dave]

Rip Van Winkle

This photo has a giant Rip Van Winkle sign and the next one is of an actor whose most famous role was Rip Van Winkle.

Intentional Shorpy shenanigans or pure happenstance?

[Shorpy is all about thematic unity. - Dave]

Ahem

I believe it's just as possible that Sonoma wines were represented in the shop, as that's where the California wine industry started. Just sayin.

Lunch Room

The "Lunch Room" shown here is the first I have seen of this term since my father-in-law died.

The detail in these photos is absolutely great. I can study then for hours and still not see it all. Keep up the great work.

Vanishing Point

I haz it.

California Wine

Wow. A California Wine House in 1905. Napa Valley, I'm sure -- my mother was born in St. Helena and my grandmother was the cook in the St. Helena High School at this time.

Other commenters have noted the near-absence of women in some pictures of this era. Another thing that strikes me in these pictures is the almost total absence of people smoking in public. This, of course, changed after the increase in tobacco usage after WWI. Keep it up; these pictures put flesh on the bones of history.

All Over the Map

On this St. Paul street we have The California Wine House, The Baltimore Lunch Room and the Pittsburgh Hotel.

 
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