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Rock and Roll: 1956
Elvis Presley at a 1956 concert date; we're counting the minutes until someone can tell us which one. Photo by Phillip Harrington for Look. View full size. Columbus Discovers Elvis Here's some contemporary coverage including the multi-h ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/15/2013 - 3:42pm -

Rock and Roll: 1956

Hello Columbus: 1909
Columbus, Ohio, circa 1909. "Aerial view from courthouse." Shorpy, who knows how to have a good time, is celebrating Columbus Day with this detailed panorama made from three 8x10 glass negatives. View full size. The Trolley Follies Loo ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/08/2012 - 1:24am -

Hello Columbus: 1909

Hello, Columbus: 1905
Columbus, Ohio, circa 1905. "Great Southern Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. Still there This is the one hotel from the late 1800s they did not tear down. It is still in operation a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 4:37pm -

Hello, Columbus: 1905

Pop Culture: 1943
September 1943. "Columbus, Ohio. A Greyhound bus driver off duty." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size. Jukebox Seeburg Symphonola, lit and unlit. Looks like Robby the Robot Sr. in the backgro ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/28/2014 - 12:58pm -

Pop Culture: 1943

Columbus Revisited: 1910
Circa 1910. "Union Station, Columbus, Ohio." Your headquarters for the Garden City Self Feeder, whatever that is. Continuing our tour of Columbus on Columbus Day. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size. Many mysteries ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/14/2013 - 1:41pm -

Columbus Revisited: 1910

Planes, Trains: 1935
June 12, 1935. "Newark passenger station, Pennsylvania Railroad. Waiting room, sunlight and passengers. McKim, Mead & White, client." Waiting for someone to explain the plane. Large format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/27/2014 - 12:03pm -

Planes, Trains: 1935

One Star Hotel: 1906
... of Arches Replicas of the lighted arches still exist in Columbus Ohio on North High Street near The Ohio State University. See "A ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 1:16am -

One Star Hotel: 1906

Passing Remark: 1938
August 1938. "Citizens of Columbus, Ohio." View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Image scanned from 35mm nitrate negative. I'll bet the comment... ...was about how the Malt Company has apparently gone out of business. (They shou ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/10/2007 - 3:16am -

Passing Remark: 1938

Savings & Trust: 1910
        Completed in 1905, the Columbus Savings & Trust Building, known today as the Atlas Building, counted among its amenities "seven elevators, complete refrigerating plant, its own power plant to furnish electric li ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/22/2013 - 11:20pm -

Savings & Trust: 1910

Over and Under: 1938
Summer of 1938. "Underpass in central Ohio, Route 40. Roadside does not at first present a definite or meaningful picture. Closer investigation begins to reveal the character of the place." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/07/2008 - 2:59am -

Over and Under: 1938

High Street: 1910
Columbus, Ohio, circa 1910. "High Street, south from State." Where strollers have, among many available choices, a 3-cent lunchroom, the Imperial Tonsorial Parlor and Baths, "base ball scores received by innings" and swastika sporting goods. 8x10 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/20/2012 - 3:31pm -

High Street: 1910

Invisiball: 1908
Circa 1908. "Franklin Park, Columbus, Ohio." Where something's up, or maybe not. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. My take There is something there - or rather, two somethings. It looks to me lik ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/24/2012 - 9:18pm -

Invisiball: 1908

Municipal Gothic: 1908
Circa 1908. "City Hall -- Columbus, Ohio." Populated by a cast of ectoplasmic pedestrians. Added bonus: windowsill milk bottles! View full size. Looks like soot I was just thinking how the building looks like many we saw in Europe, in t ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/14/2013 - 11:23am -

Municipal Gothic: 1908

The Chittenden: 1904
Columbus, Ohio, 1904. "Chittenden Hotel." Opened 1895, razed 1973. The final installment of our Columbus Day trilogy. 8x10 glass negative. View full size. Third time is a charm. The first two had a fire problem. Read more . An od ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/14/2013 - 9:17pm -

The Chittenden: 1904

High Street Too: 1910
Columbus, Ohio, circa 1910. "High Street north from State." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. +94 Same view from July of 2009. Arches Were those arches really only for street lighting ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/20/2012 - 3:31pm -

High Street Too: 1910

Say Cheeseburger: 1938
August 1938. "Itinerant photographer in Columbus, Ohio." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration. Excellent One of the better portraits that Shahn completed while working for the FSA, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/10/2007 - 3:22am -

Say Cheeseburger: 1938

Roy's Hoppin Hooptie: 1915
... Dave, he was supposed to be in the first 24 hour race in Columbus Ohio 7/3/1905 but here is what happened: Four cars, one of which ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 1:50pm -

Roy's Hoppin Hooptie: 1915

Gamers: 1950
... America," co-host Marjoe Gortner would say that viewers in Columbus Ohio could submit their opinions using the "QUBE system" (whatever ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/28/2008 - 5:58pm -

Gamers: 1950

The Commuter: 1910
Ann Arbor, Michigan, circa 1910. "Michigan Central railroad station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. Ann Arbor Lineman Up a pole off in the distance. The Same View Today ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2012 - 6:51pm -

The Commuter: 1910

Making Merry: 1938
Summer 1938. "Scene at Buckeye Lake Amusement Park, near Columbus, Ohio." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA. I Wanna Ride! So I can sit next to the barefooted lass in the tree. (Prints, Ben Shahn, Small ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2011 - 1:18pm -

Making Merry: 1938

A Haberdasher Salesman
My great-great uncle Henry Kruger in his office, Columbus, Ohio December, 1908. He accompanied his sister, Augusta, and her three children from Hamburg, Germany, to Westfield, NY, to join her husband, William Granewitsch. Henry and William were bo ... 
 
Posted by tempo dula - 11/17/2011 - 4:10pm -

A Haberdasher Salesman

C&O 2717
C&O 2-8-4 #2717 at Parsons engine terminal, Columbus, Ohio in July, 1946. Built by American Locomotive Company, Schnectady, NY 1943. Due to the road's southern headquarters, the C&O refused to call their 2-8-4's Berkshire types, opting f ... 
 
Posted by Lost World - 12/08/2010 - 4:09pm -

C&O 2717

Granewitsch Family: 1895
My grandmother Elizabeth is standing in the front row between her mother, Augusta and her father, William. As I was told by my grandmother, this professional photograph was taken of the family because Augusta, at age 36, had to have all of her tee ... 
 
Posted by tempo dula - 11/17/2011 - 3:40pm -

Granewitsch Family: 1895

Granewitsch Family: 1924
My how the family has grown. After the children married they stayed in the Columbus, Ohio area and spent most Sundays together. On this occasion, the family poses for a picture with Fred and his wife, Belle. View full size. (ShorpyBlog, Me ... 
 
Posted by tempo dula - 11/17/2011 - 4:40pm -

Granewitsch Family: 1924

Three Sisters
This is a picture of my grandmother, Elizabeth, and her sisters Emma and Annette taken in 1900. They lived in Columbus, Ohio. View full size. (ShorpyBlog, Member Gallery) ... 
 
Posted by tempo dula - 11/17/2011 - 4:47pm -

Three Sisters

Dad: c. 1943
My Dad, Gordon Hamilton Clevenger. I'm not sure where the photo was taken, but he was born and raised in Mokena, Illinois in 1923. He served a tour in the Army before joining the Air Force and serving in the Korean Conflict (looked like a war to h ... 
 
Posted by rubysshoes - 09/20/2011 - 1:16am -

Dad: c. 1943

Grave of American who served in French Foreign Legion
American soldiers during World War II are placing a wreath on a grave that has a US helmet hanging from it, with the words, Egalite, Fraternite, painted on it, and _57th Inf. and what looked like a divisional emblem. After looking at the photo ... 
 
Posted by Championhilz - 03/29/2010 - 2:00pm -

Grave of American who served in French Foreign Legion
 
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