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

Highrise: 1908

Highrise: 1908

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1908. "New England Building, Euclid Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Burrows Brothers

A name I haven't heard for a while. Notable office supply store, out of business by 1993.

http://ech.cwru.edu/ech-cgi/article.pl?id=B24

re: Eureka

I would have thought the Dentist was on the 6th floor, counting the ground floor as #1. Or didn't they number the floors that way back then?

Also, throughout many of Shorpy's photos of turn-of-the-century big-city buildings, I find it fascinating that awnings were not universal, nor universally employed where they were installed. And how did they work? Were the controls fed through the window frame so you could manipulate them from indoors? Or did you have to hang out of the window to work with them? Yikes!

(edit) I stand corrected: I now see the 5th floor dentist, right above "Rapunzel's" tailor shop.

Say, Charlene

Do have the number for the awning repair company?

Sidewalk Superintendent

One thing never changes: the timeless presence of a Sidewalk Superintendent, with his bowler hat, idly watching the construction work from a gap in the fence and thinking about how he would handle the job if he were boss.

Six autos, six horsedrawn vehicles

That's early for such an even parking count. Well, a modern house draws modern visitors.

Re: Way up

Wondering also how he got up there. I see what looks like a pulley system above the worker's head. This could have been used to lift up work tools and other items that the worker couldn't carry up with him as he ascended the chimney. I think the pegs or attached ladder rungs are on the side we can't see.

Is there a fireman in the house?

On the light pole on the left side of the street, just above the stacks of lumber, there appears to be a crossbar that is on fire. Can anyone tell what this might be?

[Early Photoshop. - Dave]

U.S. Express Co.

The storefront tenant of Rapunzel's building, U.S. Express Co., was the family business of one of the most powerful politicians in the country, New York Republican boss (and, at the time, U.S. Senator) Thomas C. Platt. When N.Y. Governor Theodore Roosevelt stood up to Platt, Platt and Mark Hanna thought they found a safe place where Teddy could do no harm - the vice presidency. That plan soon backfired, and by the date of this photo Senator Platt, and his company, were fading into obscurity.

Another Eureka!

There's also another dentist on the 6th floor to the right. Above Mattie Davis' manicuring and massage place.

Hot Summer Day

Looks like it's fairly hot: walking in the shade, deployed window shades, etc. all in all the detail in this one is a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Love the very early cars. Anyone know what makes they are?

Get a Room

Amazingly, the New England Building still lives on as a Holiday Inn Express.

[The Holiday Inn is a tenant in what's now called the Guardian Bank Building. - Davew]

Wintons on the street?

A pretty high percentage of automobiles for 1905, but in that time frame Cleveland was a major automobile manufacturing center. According to Wikipedia: "In 1899, more than one hundred Winton vehicles were sold, making the company the largest manufacturer of gas-powered automobiles in the United States."

At least five of those cars along the street look like early Winton autos.

Still there.

The New England Building, as well as the Garfield Building on our left, are both still there at Euclid and East 6th, just off Public Square. The New England Building was completed in 1896 and became a Holiday Inn Express in 1999. The Garfield Building, completed in 1895, eventually became known as the National City Bank Building. NCB is now PNC Bank.

Equine Demise

Not bad for 1905, the automobiles in this picture outnumber the horse carriages 7 to 5. Those other cities were eating Cleveland's dust.

High at work

Just curious as who can read sign painting on windows that are 8 to 12 stories up in the air. Maybe the guy sitting at his desk across the street in an equally tall building? I mean no way can one crane their neck up from the sidewalk to read such lettering. I've noticed this a lot on these old city view photos.

Star billing

The Star Theater (by all appearances, a rather small house) has R.C. Herz in "The Private Secretary." Ralph C. Herz, born in 1878 in Paris, would have been about 30 at this point. He made his theatrical debut in London in 1900, and his Broadway debut in 1902. He was later a producer as well as a performer. He also made three movies. His career was cut short by his death from diabetes at age 43. The play is most likely a revival of a William Gillette comedy from 1884, "Digbey's Secretary."

Early Cars

A fantastic shot of the transition between horse-power to gasoline. There seems to be six automobiles parked against the curb. Five of them look like Knoxmobiles, but the lamps are in the wrong place.

Any ideas from the community?

Eureka

I have found the obligatory dentist's office. On the fifth floor above the Ben Rich Cigar shop on the right.

Rapunzel

Is held captive by Tappe the tailor.

Way up

What a fantastic photograph. There is detail in the steeplejack working on the chimney, far left right. Just wondering how they got to the top back then, internally or outside rungs. Wonderful.

Zounds!

Is that young lady about to drop a water balloon on her rival?

 
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