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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Street View: 1905

Street View: 1905

Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1905. "Chamber of Commerce." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Needs awning maintenance

I notice a few torn and/or collapsed awnings. Wonder how common that was? Had there been a storm?

Grain Exchange

My father in law worked for Continental Grain for over 30 years, spent some time in this building until the mid 1980's.

Bicycle technology

I don't know too much about bikes (god knows I haven't ridden one in 30 years) but when did someone invent the kick stand? Or for that matter, bike racks?

Many of these Shorpy street views include bikes leaning against the sides of buildings buildings or perilously propped against curbstones. Even horses usually got hitching rings.

That was then, this is now

Notice the unfortunate loss of the cornice. Also note the taller beaux arts 1914 addition to the right, also missing a cornice.


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Third and Fourth

Next door is the old Chamber of Commerce building, which that grain exchange organization outgrew as its power rose. In the 1920s when the Chamber of Commerce again needed more room, it demolished its original home and built an annex there. While the organization's name changed, it has always been a commodity exchange, always on this block.

Across Third Street is the Corn Exchange Building (which burned in 1965). Across Fourth Avenue (at the photo's edge) is the Flour Exchange Building - the first four floors of it, that is. It remained unfinished from the Panic of 1893 until 1909, when the last seven floors were added.

Curing Concrete

The wood laid in the street is so that the fresh concrete will not cure too fast and crack. Today they use a thin layer of water, wet canvas or plastic sheeting.

Rides Like a Cadillac

It's hard for me to tell since I'm not that well versed in early autos, but that automobile parked near the two bikes looks like an '03 Cadillac in some ways.

That's quite a few autos around for such an early time period. Must be a bit of wealth around that day...

I'd love a blow up shot of the other two cars down the street to the northeast.

I've walked past this building many times while living in Mpls and it's a treat to see these old photos.

Bemis Bro. Bag Co.

Bemis, founded 1858 in St. Louis, opened its second facility in 1880 in Minneapolis. 2009 sales were $3.5 billion.

Sadly, the company does not have a baby buggy bumper division.

Milwaukee Depot

At the end of 4th, see the passenger loading area of Milwaukee Station on Washington. Oh the memories.

Location, Location, Location

Did the Federal Elevator Company really expect anyone to be able to read their signage from the street?

And on your left

beyond the Milwaukee Road train shed you can see the old Exposition Hall across the river, already repurposed.

They Got Around

Interesting mix of conveyances, powered by horse, humans and petroleum.

[Also a few "ghosts"! Click below to enlarge. - Dave]

K&C

Looks like a Louis Sullivan building, but it's not. It's by Kees and Colburn. Later known as the Grain Exchange building.

Fourth and Fourth

Built in 1900, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Fourth Street South. The picture was taken from Minneapolis City Hall, seen recently on Shorpy.

I am for men

The incomplete wall ad in the back is for Henry George cigars. It probably reads "I am for men. Henry George. Great 5 cents cigars":

And Henry George was quite a guy.

Howard's Lab

Couple of cool early cars down there - probably well-to-do businessmen checking in on the chamber. What do you think all of those planks are laid down for - curing concrete?

 
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