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Clinton Square: 1905

Clinton Square: 1905

Syracuse, New York, circa 1905. "Clinton Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Hubbard's Empty Cupboard

The empty wagon proclaiming "Chas Hubbard Son & Co, esale, STS" belonged to Charles Hubbard, Wholesale Druggists, 211-213 North Water Street, Syracuse, NY. That address no longer exists, being now part of the James Hanley Federal Building in downtown Syracuse. Mr. Hubbard's rise to pharmaceutical prominence can be read about here.

Detailed Picture!

The headboard and chairs appear to me to be carefully wrapped, perhaps in cotton batting and twine.

The young roustabout near the grocery wagon is looking at the toppled grain sack as if it's a wonder of nature. I wonder if he got motivated enough to clean it up or pulled a "Bart Simpson"?

The gent in the nice threads probably should make that much. He might be the barge captain, owner or both.

Just in front of D. Moran's grocery wagon across the street is that a boy pushing a woman in a wheelchair?

The lawn and flower beds are nicely tended. The garder (street cleaner?) and the young girls all have their attention drawn across the street. Was that horse startled?

Some serious window cleaning on the second floor above O'Herin's. There is a woman in the first floor window. Taking a break or a "desperate houswife" of 1905?

Mailbox, policeman and young boy with a basket on the corner. I wonder what the boy is doing? I know the policeman is on his way from the cigar store to the doughnut shop.

Great bridge design.

Interesting wagon-mounted two man lift.

Great picture but it takes an hour to view!

Syracuse Savings Bank

The big Victorian Gothic structure at the right is Joseph Lyman Silsbee's Syracuse Savings Bank Building of 1875-1876. Silsbee became proficient in several architectural styles in rapid succession; in 1886 he moved his office to Chicago where he designed many Shingle Style houses and became the first employer of a young man from Wisconsin named Frank Lloyd Wright.

By the names on the shops

We can see where the Irish migrated to. Also great to see products moved by boat, what canal is that??

[The Erie Canal. -Dave]


There's a guy with a pipe watching the three guys roll the barrel up the ramp into the boat. I assume he earns as much per hour as all three laborers put together.


Now there's something you don't see every day, or ANY day for that matter, a pedestrian lift bridge that is usable in both the lowered and raised positions! Clever!

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