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Miami, Florida: 1908

Miami, Florida: 1908

Circa 1908. Who would care to hazard a guess as to the location of this bustling metropolis? Extra points for Street View. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

UPDATE: The guesses as to the location of "Anytown, USA" (this post's original title) were, quite literally, all over the map -- from Deadwood to Buffalo to Whitehouse, Ohio. Many incorrect guesses for Titusville, Florida. The correct answer, and original caption: "12th Street, looking east, Miami, Florida."

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Miami, Florida?

Miami, FL, 12th Street.


Still working on the street view.


Titusville, Florida?

An updated guess

Is it Miami, Florida?

Schmids Furniture, Whitehouse, Ohio

Whitehouse, Ohio? There is a reference to a "Schmids Funiture" still there in 1937 when this was written.

A guess

Is it Titusville Florida?


A Google search for

"e l brady" grocer 1200 ave d

turned up this link. On page 69 of which is mentioned a small grocery in Miami, run by an E.L. Brady.

Survey says

I believe this is Brooklyn, NY. I took the easy way out and just searched for 1200 Avenue O from the side of the grocers wagon

Joe from LI, NY

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My guess is Miami

Searching for E.L. Brady's lead me to this conclusion based on this page, and this quote:

On March 3, Flagler dispatched John Sewell and twelve of his best black workers from Palm Beach to Miami to begin work on the townsite. They began by grading the site of Flagler’s hotel. (72) By late March the railroad extension had reached a point just below Arch Creek near today’s Northeast 135th Street. (73) Increasing numbers of people were coming to Miami. In order to provide them with a place to stay, Harrington and Tyler leased the Miami Hotel from Julia Tuttle — even before it had a roof over it. Located on today’s South Miami Avenue near the river, the hotel contained a dining room on the first floor and rooms on the second which only could be reached by ladder, since a staircase had not been completed. (74) A former steamboat, the Rockledge, was converted into a floating hotel by E. E. Vail, towed to Miami and docked at the foot of Avenue D (today’s Miami Avenue). (75)

Several new businesses had just opened or were about to open as March drew to a close. These included Frank Budge’s hardware store, Frank Duren’s meat market and green grocery, E.L. Brady’s grocery store, and the Lummus Brothers’ general store; additionally, a drug store, candy shop and pool room looked out over Avenue D. The lumber to build the Bank of Bay Biscayne building was being hauled to its lot next to the Brady grocery store. (76)

Jacksonville, Florida.

It has to be Jax. There's crap in the street and it looks like a slum. Nothing has changed.

I'm guessing


Brady Grocery, Titusville, Florida

407 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida

"Titusville's first grocery store, L.A. Brady Grocery Store, was built in 1880. This and other buildings immediately south were occupied by Jackson Garage, Coca Cola, Bryan-Conway Realtors, Grower's Supply and Sears. The building was renovated and reopened in 1988 as the Granada Building, housing several government agencies and businesses including Gulf Atlantic Title, Cathedral Holdings and Loys Ward Surveying and Engineering."

Titusville, Florida?

Okay, here's my detective work. I Googled C.W. Schmid's Restaurant to no avail, but then I saw the E. L. Brady and Co. Groceries sign and tried that. It took me to this site, which mentions a store by the same name in Titusville. Am I right?

Taking a guess

I think the location is somewhere in Titusville, Florida.

I'm guessing

Titusville, Florida?

Is it KC?

It could be my eyes playing tricks, but I think I see a reference to Kansas City in the banner stretched across the street.

Titusville FLA.

Main Street?


Avenue D (now Miami Ave.) and 12th Street, Miami, Fl. It looks like it's beneath the MacAurther Causeway now.


Some research indicates Flagler Street and Miami Avenue , although street view is hard to recognize.

Possible answer

I cheated and Googled "E.L. Brady" grocery store" and got Titusville, FL. Did I win?


Washington Avenue, Titusville Florida.

Wild Guess

Brooklyn, New York


A guy named E.L. Brady was a grocer in Miami around that time.

Miami, Florida

This is 12th Street, looking east, Miami, Florida.

E.L. Brady's grocery store

tells me this is Titusville, Florida.

Miami, FL

I believe this is Miami, Florida, corner of 12th Street (now Flagler Street) and Avenue D (now Miami Avenue).

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Google search suggests that this may be early Miami, with E.L. Brady Groceries on right, and Frank T. Budge Hardware on the left.

Titusville, FL

Titusville. FL? A grocer with the same name had a building there:

I have to admit I'm not too confident; the bank building looks wrong.


I'm guessing it is Titusville.

Miami, 1200

It would appear the MacArthur highway removed this locale:

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Titusville Florida

Titusville was the home of E.L. Brady Groceries!

Titusville, Florida

Main Street

Cigars, anyone?

It looks like the main street of Ybor City near Tampa, Florida.

[Close, but no cigar. - Dave]

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