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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Visitors Welcome: 1906

Visitors Welcome: 1906

Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1906. "Entrance, Natural Food Conservatory." Breakfast food pioneer Henry Perky's Shredded Wheat factory, a.k.a. "The Palace of Light," was a popular tourist attraction. Bring your appetite, and watch your step. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Deveaux students

My wife grew up across the street from this building. Her brother attended Deveaux School and according to her the uniforms are identical to what the Deveaux students wore. The brother attend the prep school on a scholarship because their father was serving in WWII. The Deveaux school said the school was preparatory for entry into West Point, but few students actually became West Point Cadets.

The uniforms look like

They came from West Point, what the cadets wear.

Creepy, but at least there is a place for your bike...

I've noticed people frequently commenting on the lack of bike racks in most of these photos, despite the abundance of bicycles.

Well, this place appears to have two!

Unfortunately, at least in this photo, it also looks like you might not need to secure your bike. After all, you won't be seeing it, or the light of day, again.

"V"

Why is "Natural" spelled with a "V"? Odd.

[Classicists will recognize that as a Latin (or Roman) U. - Dave]

50,000 Vistors Annually!

Don't look up!

I said DON'T look up, there's a guy in the window on the right watching us. Just act cool.

They took paradise and put up a parking lot.

The "Palace of Light" Shredded Wheat factory was apparently on the north side of the 400 block of Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls with a nice unobstructed view of the rapids near the falls.

The site is now a vacant lot with a nice view of the Ramada Inn between it and the rapids.

"The beautiful structure of The Natural Food Company is located on Buffalo Avenue (occupying ten acres), in the finest residence portion of the city, with a frontage of 900 feet on the Niagara Rapids."

 
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