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

High Street Too: 1910

High Street Too: 1910

Columbus, Ohio, circa 1910. "High Street north from State." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

62 South High

The address here is about 62 S. High Street. At the far right you can just make out the McKinley Memorial, dedicated in 1906.

Open All Night

Thank you, Google, for finding that old football program (a must-see pdf!) in the back pocket of my old suit trousers.

As it turns out, Leachman's Chop House is at 61 S. High Street, and Mykrantz Drugs (the name just faintly has the right letterforms on one sign) is just a few doors to the north.

At the far right of the frame is the McKinley Memorial monument, built 1906. I'll be sitting on the bench there with a newspaper and a cigar for a little while, before getting on with my day.

Leachman's Chop House

I'd love to stop by Leachman's Chop House for lunch (infamous in a web search for being where Ohio State's Sphinx Senior Honorary club was born), saunter next door to Bryce's for some suits, hats and shoes, pick up a nice ten-cent cigar at the drugstore (so frustrating! can't quite make out the name!), sit in the park across the street and contemplate what goods require the services of the "Press Post" specialty pressing parlor!

But what I'm really here for is to find out what is being offered at 4%, or 4% off, as per the giant numbers on the top of the building just ahead on the right!

p.s. It's a little hard to sort out all the wires and metal posts and arches, but it looks like the arches were put up for decorative (and perhaps useful) lighting on alternating sets of the metal poles that hold up the trolley wires.

The View In 1914

Here's a picture of roughly the same view dated as 1914. Notice how many more cars and fewer horses there are in the picture.

Early Radio

I wonder if they had an early wireless station there at that time? In the upper left of the photo, there is a vertical tower atop the building and what appears to be insulators in the guy wires. This is a normal practice in a live vertical radio frequency radiator (antenna) so that the guy wires do not become resonant at the operating frequency, as well as insulating the antenna from ground.

A bit early for broadcasting but two-way code wireless telegraphy was done all the time by then.

[The appearance is indeed similar to wireless masts of the era. - Dave]

Arch City

Columbus was called the Arch City for the dozens of arches spanning its streets. The first were wood, put up in the 1890s. Then replaced by metal. The last of them seem to have been removed by the mid-teens.

[Reproduction arches are recent additions to some streets. - Dave]

Curious

What is that tall building on the right; it looks very modern, even in the early photo. Anyone know?

Arches

Were those arches really only for street lighting and flags?

+94

Same view from July of 2009.

 
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