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Union Depot: 1907

Union Depot: 1907

Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1907. "Union Depot, Calhoun Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Calhoun Street Station

More here if you can forgive the poor spelling. Built in the late 1880s.

Rain puddles, I think

It appears to be a wet, foggy day. I can feel it in my bones from 104 years and 1,063 miles away.

[Or horse puddles. - Dave]


Our ever present "person in the window." Look to the top right corner. Those bowler hats are so cool, bring 'em back I say.

Election Time

From the posters on the pole, it seems local elections are near.


The overhead wires make a nice focal point for the photo. Cool picture.


I bet it smells really bad, unless those are rain puddles and mud on the street.

All those insulators

Thanks for posting this one. I've been on the Jones for some shots loaded with insulators, and this one has a bunch! Notice how they extended the top of the pole. I guess a three-story pole just wasn't enough. I also like the ornamentation on the spires. Doesn't look to me as if they spun in the wind though.

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