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Market Street: 1916

Market Street: 1916

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, circa 1916. "Market Street." A highlight of this relatively recent Detroit Publishing street scene is the horse drinking fountain shown with a thirsty customer. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Still In Business

Walk-Over is a brand name of shoes. The shoe company roots go back to 1758, but the brand name didn't come along until 1899. The company history is here. The manager of this store was Herbert Parthemore (1893 - 1960) who worked in the retail shoe industry for most of his life. The article and ad below are from the Harrisburg Telegraph of April 22, 1916, Page 2.


Can't figure out what kind of business this would be.

Not much remains

I live outside Harrisburg and was able to identify where this is. Unfortunately only a couple of the smaller of these buildings remain (the building that says "Clark's" and the small one next to it). The commenter who mentioned the Whitaker Center hit the nail right on the head. Basically everything from the building with the large columns to the building that says "Walk Over" are now the Whitaker Center, which is a beautiful building and facility (a museum,etc.) but is very modern and not at all in keeping with the buildings it replaced.

Cherub Chariot

My mom had a wicker baby carriage like the one in the lower right. When she got a little older, she had a small-scale replica for her dolls.

Fat Man's Wheel

The third car in line on the lower left appears to have a fat man's steering wheel, which swings up out of the way for ease of entry and exit.

The pic here looks like the same style.

So much to see, so much to comment on

Only one horse visible in downtown Harrisburg in 1916. Note the scarcity of horse apples on the street. The three guys on the steps of what I assume is a bank, scoping out the chicks. The mother apparently correcting her small daughter. The right hand drive car parked so close to a fire plug. Thanks to delworthio for the picture of the Indianapolis Soldier and Sailors Memorial Monument Fountain Buffalos.

I looked at Google Street View to see what they looked like, but the view was not anywhere near as good as his picture. No modern views look as good as the old photos. Thank you Shorpy for letting us view the old days in their true glory before progress ruined it.

Stars & stripes

That flag looks to have been hanging there a long time; not many stars on it.

Local Merchants

  • Boher. Drugs, Soda.
  • C.R. Boas. Jeweler, Silversmith
  • Clark's. Cut Rate Medicine Store.
  • Rothert Company. The House of Quality. Cash or Credit.
  • The Globe
  • The Lenox
  • The New Store of Wm Strouse
  • Theatre
  • Walk-Over

Hemmed In

The second car from the left sure is jammed in. I guess it's interesting to see that common courtesy was no better at that time than it is today.

Pinch me,

I'm in Europe! That is until I look past the two leftmost buildings in the composition.

Then and Now

I hope someone will post a photo of what this street scene looks like now.

You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Head

Here's the head in question at the Indianapolis monument. My question is "Are those bears going to relieve themselves on the buffalo heads or are they just kicking back"?

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Horse power to horsepower

Notice in the 1906 street scenes horse and buggies seem dominant and just ten years later Detroit iron is king.Of course I'm sure the transition varied from city to city.

Where'd the People Go?

I live in Lancaster, PA, but I'm in Harrisburg several times a week.

This looks more like NYC. I don't think there's been that many people on Market Street at the same time since, well, 1916.

200 Block of Market Street

Surely there's a Harrisburg-area Shorpy fan who can tell us if any of these buildings has survived these 94 years. I know the Whitaker Center is at 222 Market now, but don't remember what else.

Not Thirsty But Curious

Looks like a beautiful, brand new 1916 Cadillac at the curb (third from left) which would not need a drinking fountain. But what's with the two large U S flags flying behind and partially concealed by columns? They appear to be the 46 star configuration, created in 1908 and rendered obsolete in 1912 with the admission of Arizona and New Mexico to the union.

Horsey Goodness

I live in Indianapolis, and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the middle of town still has working horse fountains, which get used by the police mounts and by the horses which draw the tourist carriages. There are four fountains around the Monument's perimeter, with the streams issuing forth from the mouths of beautiful cast-metal buffalo heads.

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