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City Library: 1905

City Library: 1905

1905. "City Library -- Springfield, Mass." By 1909, the building, completed in 1871, had been uprooted and moved back 200 feet to make way for the much larger current library at the corner of State and Walnut. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Edifice Lex: 1908

Edifice Lex: 1908

Springfield, Massachusetts, circa 1908. "Hampden County Courthouse, Elm Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Municipal Marquette: 1906

Municipal Marquette: 1906

Marquette, Michigan, circa 1906. "Post office and City Hall." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Urban Oasis: 1905

Urban Oasis: 1905

1905. "In Roger Williams Park -- Providence, Rhode Island." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Idyllic Avenue: 1905

Idyllic Avenue: 1905

Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1905. "Farmington Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Colt Armory: 1906

Colt Armory: 1906

Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1906. "Colt's Armory." Samuel Colt's historic firearms factory on the banks of the Connecticut River. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Good Afternoon: 1905

Good Afternoon: 1905

Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1905. "Main Street and City Hall." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

The Olbiston: 1906

The Olbiston: 1906

Circa 1906. "The Olbiston, Genesee Street, Utica, N.Y." Offering a mix of "bachelor and family apartments," the fireproof Olbiston, completed around 1900, still stands. View full size.

 

Oh! Toledo!

Oh! Toledo!

1905. "Madison Avenue, Toledo, O." The Hotel Madison at left. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Alterations: 1966

Alterations: 1966

My grandmother in 1966 at the sewing machine in her clothing store in McLean, Texas, on Main Street. I'm next to her in the hat, probably asking a million questions, along with my younger sister. Grandmother operated the store for many years and lived in the back in an apartment. McLean back then was on the old Route 66 and prior to my grandfather's death in 1963, they owned and operated the Hindman Hotel there. I used to spend summers in McLean, and looking back, it was like living in Mayberry. View full size.

The Old Met: 1905

The Old Met: 1905

New York, 1905. "Metropolitan Opera House, 39th Street and Broadway." And down the street, the new New York Times building. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Netherland: 1905

Hotel Netherland: 1905

New York, 1905. "Hotel Netherland, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Met Life: 1905

Met Life: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Metropolitan Life Insurance building, Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Heavy Man: 1905

Heavy Man: 1905

Circa 1905. "City Hall -- Philadelphia, Pa." The largest municipal building in the United States, City Hall is topped by a 26-ton statue of William Penn. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Theater District: 1960

Theater District: 1960

A bright and sunny New Year's Day 1960 found me walking along Grand Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. I snapped this photo because three days later the streetcars would cease running, owing to the closing of a nearby viaduct for replacement. The Fox Theater in the background, opened in 1929, fared a little better, lasting up to 1978. In 1991 it reopened and survives as a performing arts center. The Fox house organist at the time was Mr. Stan Cann, who held that position for 22 years, from 1952 until 1974. They called him "Stan Cann the vacuum cleaner man" because his hobby was collecting antique vacuum cleaners. He lived in Los Angeles during retirement and gave frequent organ concerts around town, many of which I attended. 35mm Kodachrome by William D. Volkmer. View full size.

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