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Embraceable Utica: 1910

Embraceable Utica: 1910

Utica, New York, circa 1910. "Genesee and Bleecker streets." Points of interest include the City Candy Kitchen, City National Bank, a streetcar control tower and the Commercial Travelers building seen in an earlier post. View full size.


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Duly Noted

The Lady in the carriage is sitting behind her driver, she is not doing anything other than keeping the sun out of her eyes, hands folded upon her purse, possibly napping.

Man with hand up on sidewalk, not smelling his breath, as the Lady to his right has placed her hand over part of her face, possibly neither wanting their photograph taken. Before Facial Recognition.

Below the sign City Candy Kitchen appears to be a group of Girls with umbrellas and hats, possibly a school field trip. To the left of South Streetcar 65, that of a man on a bicycle.

Note: Man in the Barber Chair & Barber. Also Block & Tackle rig, big hook hanging from roof of the Bank.


With the greatest respect I find I have to disagree with other posters. On closer inspection it would seem that the gentleman in front is wearing a uniform and therefore likely to be the chauffeur to the lady in the carriage. I would like to suggest that we are waiting for "Sir" who must be in the bank. It will also become obvious that madam is actually checking her text messages (no earphone leads)! I can't recall seeing the "screens" hanging round horses like this before. Dare I suggest that they maybe something of a "modesty blanket" that madame demands around her beautiful (and expensive) pair.

[That's fly netting on the horse. Seen here in a number of posts. - Dave]

Man on the street

The man at the far right side of the picture is asking himself the age old question "Does my breath stink?"


The lady in the carriage (under the barber shop windows) seems very focused on something in her hands. I wonder: could she be downloading Scott Joplin's "Solace" to her iPhone?

Take me away

What a fabulous photo. I love seeing the women and children out on the street enjoying life.

Parked at Busycorner

It looks to me as if "Busy Corner" is a compound word on the sign (not positive because a pole obscures the "C" of "corner"). If so, a neat turn that gives the sign even more character.

I noticed the little carriage parked ahead of the car in this transitional period from horse-and-buggy to internal combustion. I like the fastidious lady sitting in the back seat so she doesn't have to dirty her petticoats clambering over the wheel, while her husband sits in front ready to drive whenever the other passenger comes out of the store. I assume he's her husband and not a hired chauffeur because he isn't uniformed, but maybe that's not typical of the period.

This is an upper class lady, I think, because the horses are a matched pair (same color and size). Is she reading a book to pass the time, or just looking for something in her purse?

Lyrical title

It could be associated with a Holiday.

Busy Corner Drug Store

Medicine bottles from Sullivan & Slauson Busy Corner Drug Store have become collectables. Ricks Bottle Room has more info and photos.

Maybe someone else sees it but I'm having trouble figuring out what is Embraceable about the photo.

American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, 1901.

Buffalo Notes

The old drug establishment at the corner of Genesee and Lafayette streets. Utica, for a number of years known as McMillan's drug store, has been secured by Daniel J. Sullivan and John G. Slauson, and will be run under the firm name of Sullivan & Slauson. The members of the new firm are well known and popular. Mr. Sullivan was for years employed by John H. Sheehan & Co., and later by W. A. Teachout, but recently had charge of the prescription department of Crazier W. Hurlburt's drug store. He is a graduate of the New York College of Pharmacy. Mr. Slanson was for nine years employed by Howarth & Ballard as a prescription clerk. It is the intention of the new firm to remodel the store.

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