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Shelton Square: 1908

Shelton Square: 1908

Buffalo, New York, circa 1908. "Shelton Square -- St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Prudential Building, Erie County Savings Bank." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Traffic Lights

Notice how the sign above the road says "cars stop here"? It would be six more years until the first traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio. Nice picture of my home city!

["Cars" refers to streetcars. -tterrace]

Thanks for the update tterrace, didn't even think of that!

An Adler & Sullivan beauty!

Love the Prudential building. Built in 1894, designated a National Landmark in 1975 after a fire and near-demolition, restored in the '80s through the aughts ... its one of those buildings you wouldn't know was important until you looked it up. Long may she stand!

Erie County Savings Bank demolition

The Erie County Savings Bank, at left, was demolished in 1968. Sad photos here:

What a cool old building compared to what took its place:

The Message From Above

I'm sure the top floor window lettering trumpeting the New York Central RR were probably read mostly by migrating Geese.

Mystery solved

Thanks for posting this photo, you've cleared up a mystery in the Hamilton (Ontario) Public Library's photo collection.

In the collection there's an unlabelled photo of a streetcar, which was used in a 1909 Hamilton Times article to illustrate the new streetcars that Hamilton would be getting. The streetcar was numbered 5150, and is a perfect match to streetcar 5192 in the photo above.

Wells Fargo

It's interesting to see a Wells Fargo Express office this late, and this far east, although I see by the company history this was so.
Do the horse-drawn wagons in front of the office say Wells Fargo?

Is it possible

that church steeple is made entirely of bricks? if so, who was the guy that put the last brick at the top, yikes!


That block is still there.

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