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Buffalo Trilogy: 1900

Buffalo Trilogy: 1900

Buffalo, New York, 1900. "Labor Day parade, Main Street." The Clairvoyant Bird Woman observes from her perch. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Some Things Never Change

We are looking north on Main Street at Huron Street. The brand new Buffalo Savings Bank building and part of it's dome can just been seen on the right side center. It was completed in 1901. The sign above the first floor of the building that the bird lady is in says "Hens and Kelly". A department store that lasted until 1982. In the distant center we can see the 245' steeple and pierced spire of St Louis R C Church.

Help! Murder!

Look in the window just below the Clairvoyant Bird lady's window. I swear it looks like a young lady (right) looking out the window toward us with one white sleeved arm (left) facing her with its hand around her throat. I love these photos with so many visible faces from 100 and some years ago -- clothes different but people don't change much. And each generation thinks theirs is the most important. Amazing how we humans keep trudging on, century after century.

The Bridge Builder

Dr Ellis, who I guess, does not practice painless dentistry, but might be in the Boarding House business. Notice also the UV conscious citizens of buildings #478 & 488 shielding themselves from the sun with umbrellas whilst parade watching from their upper floor roosts.

Vexillographic Inversion

In all three Buffalo pictures, I see flags displayed upside-down (on the Western Savings Bank in "Labor Day 1900", and in the center of the Miller Block in this and the "Clairvoyant Bird" photos). A protest, a distress call or just a fairly dumb flag-hanger?

Look Out!

So were the street cars still operating even while the parade was going on? Or did they just stop to watch?


I'll bet The Anderson Company would have given the photographer a "D" when grading the angle that he took.

Either that, or the Furniture and Carpets must have been phenomenal considering what else was going on there!

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