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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Arcade: 1905

The Arcade: 1905

Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1905-1910. "The Arcade." Which way to Banana Republic? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mandatory Study for Perspective

Every art student should be given a copy of this picture. I don't recall ever seeing a picture that better illustrates a vanishing point so dramatically.

Lovely

Wow, this is pretty contemporary for 1905! Too bad we didn't get to see shoppers strolling about!

[I count at least six people in this time exposure. - Dave]

But you really don't get to see them clearly in all of their finery.

Convergence

Another wonderful example illustrating the principle of perspective's vanishing point.

Emery Arcade

The Emery Arcade connected the Emery Hotel and Race Street one block west. Built in 1877, it predated shopping malls with stores, offices, a restaurant, and hotel all under one roof. The glass roof was 40 feet in height, with two stories on each side. The arcade passageway was 15 feet wide with gaslights hung in the center. Destroyed in 1929 to make way for the Carew Tower and its new arcade, which is still in use today.

-- Cincinnati Postcard Views

Hot Time in the Arcade tonight!

I have not done the math but looking at the number and variety of electric light sources in this arcade it must have been a warm place in the dead of winter. Plus the arc lamps.

Retail Redundancy

By my count there are three dry cleaners and two manicurists/chiropodists in this small space in Cincinnati. At least you can also enjoy a 5-cent cream soda and have your mandolin restrung.

 
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