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Vintage photos of:
Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1907. "West Market Street." Another view of the Union Terminal building and car barn seen in the previous post. Points of interest include the 1902 Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Hearsey Vehicle Company to the right (dealer in gasoline, steam and electric automobiles) and, farther down the street, medical offices of Dr. Gasaway & Co., "specialists." View full size.
Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1904. "Imperial Hotel." Whose architectural style might be described as Romanesque Rococo Curlicue Baroque, and whose slogan could be "every exterior surface embellished." Note the early automobile. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1908. "Imperial Hotel." Where the thirsty traveler could partake of the evocatively named Spray Beer. Around the corner was a Temperance House, whose amenities might have included a milk bar. At left, a political banner advertises the Democratic presidential ticket of William Jennings Bryan and John Kern. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.