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Toledo Vacuum: 1910

Toledo Vacuum: 1910

Toledo circa 1910. "Madison Avenue and the Ohio Building." Personal favorite among the many businesses represented here: window for the Toledo Vacuum Cleaner Co. ("THE VACUUM CLEANING MACHINE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENCES"). 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Dentist Windows

Protecting as much precious metals as a jeweler. When my grandfather retired his practice he sold many -pounds- of gold and silver in stock for dental work. Also mercury for amalgam fillings that comes in 4 oz. bottles that weigh one pound each.

DeForest antenna atop the Ohio Building

Using this antenna in 1907 DeForest and Frank Butler made radio history with audio wireless.

Dentist Office Windows

More than likely it's barbed wire.


You can still join the Maumee River Yacht Club, founded in 1899.

Gettum Tailor Shop

Paul Martin Gettum was born on December 23, 1861 in Kristiania (Oslo), Norway, the son of Anton and Petrine (nee) Vestby. He married Sarah (Sallie) Britton (1861-?) on July 24, 1884 in Franklin, Ohio. They had two daughters, Eva Hulga, born October 26, 1888 and Margurite May, born July 12, 1891. Paul had a brother, George E., born in Oslo on September 1, 1860. He was also a tailor. Paul died on October 6, 1934 and is is buried in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

Oliver Typewriters for Rent Here

Oliver typewriters, for rent by the shop in the lower left corner, were made from 1894 to 1928. The Oliver was the first visible-print typewriter, meaning you could see the characters as you typed. All others up to that time were blind writers. You had to roll the platen up to see your typing.

Many buildings still there!


Would that be an electric fence protecting the windows of the dentist's offices? It looks a bit slipshod but deadly.

Next door

I think I prefer the emporium next to Mr Sussman's. I want to rent an Oliver typewriter for $3 per hour (although that seems rather steep?!)!

[It's per month. But that's not all! Free stand included! - tterrace]

Thanks, I thought $3 per hour in 1910 sounded a bit extortionate even for a piece of "new" technology like a typewriter. I couldn't quite make the word out but it was obviously not "day" and looked more like "hour" than "week". I should have thought of "month"!. Thanks for the zoom-in! - Bruce

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