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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Cincinnati: 1909

Cincinnati: 1909

Circa 1909. "Cincinnati from Mount Adams." Bridges over the Ohio River to Kentucky and, foreground, a section of the Mount Adams Incline Railway. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Panhandle Passenger Station

The train station in the photo is the Panhandle Station or Pennsylvania Railroad Station. It was used by the Pennsylvania, Norfolk and Western and Louisville and Nashville Railroads. C&O passenger trains used the Central Union Depot and the 4th Street Station a considerable distance west of this location.

The German speaking priests of St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church (the steeple to the right on the Ohio side) extended a welcome and helped German immigrants arriving in Cincinnati to find work and get settled in their new home.

Chesapeake & Ohio

The ghost locomotive and passenger cars appear to be C&O. The locomotive appears to be an Atlantic type, but may be a larger F-15 Pacific. The railroad car on the left is a passenger/baggage combine.

Ah, the Underwear Railroad!

I had lovingly pored over the image of the Mt Adams Incline when it was posted in March. Even when it's three years later and from the top of the hill, this beautiful incline is still familiar. It must be the hoardings at the bottom of the hill.

No biscuits

I recently tried to find Uneeda Biscuits for my 90 year old father in law, and found out that Nabisco discontinued them back in 2008.

Bad boys

Can you spot the Home of St Joseph and School of Reform?

Lack of People

The absence of people can only be a result of one or two things.
1. Photo taken on Sunday morning, or
2. Massive Alien abduction

Across the Ohio

In the upper right is the mouth of the Licking River. I just had to type that.

Only Three People?

In Hi-Def, I can only see 3 People. One working on a chimney. One hanging out laundry on their roof, and one on their upstairs backporch. Everyone else must be at work!

Steeples

From a time when the tallest structures in town were church steeples not cell phone towers. I count seven.

Uneeda Biscuit

You can't find Uneeda Biscuits any more. I've tried, just for old times' sake. They're not unlike a fatter saltine without the salt.

 
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