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Wholly Toledo: 1905

Wholly Toledo: 1905

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1905. "Post Office, Madison Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The street sign on the light pole says Madison. I was right about the columned entrance. Now, are we looking north or south?

[You know what else says Madison? The caption right under the photo! - Dave]

Weather Bureau

The weather vane and other devices on the roof indicates that the building also houses the local office of the US Weather Bureau. Having the Weather Bureau office reside in a local federal post office was ordinarily the norm in those days.

Madison and St. Clair

Is this the Madison and St. Clair location? If it is, it definitely isn't around anymore. (I think the "farther out" site is probably the Madison and 13th location.)

Here is another view of the building.

Known here as the U. S. Custom House & Courthouse
Toldedo, Ohio, 1888.

Supervising Architect: James G. Hill and Mifflin E. Bell

Roof Thing

What is the thing on the roof between the smoking chimney and the front face chimney?

Not sure where it is

The weathervane compass on the roof shows us we're looking south, and Madison Avenue seems to be the cross-street in front of us. But besides the rail line, no telling which corner we're at.


They've elected the new Postmaster General.

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