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Burn Less Money: 1905

Burn Less Money: 1905

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1905. "Summit Street." Home to cut-rate cigars and a bunch of bananas. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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My grandmother....

used to be a buyer at Tiedtke's. I remember watching it burn down as kid in the early part of the 1970's

Hi-Speed

Mr. A. S. Hickok was also an oil magnate. In 1913 he founded the Hickok Oil Co. They sold gasoline under the Hi-Speed brand. In 1952 Hickok Oil Co. merged with the Pure Oil Co. Mr. Hickok had died in 1945 and numerous charities were the beneficiaries of his estate.

Black bananas

No, they're not over-ripe yet! Prior to the general availability of panchromatic film post-1906, the old orthochromatic B&W films were mostly sensitive to blue light. Yellow bananas reflect precious little blue, so they look very dark.

Every city had one

... the big downtown department store that flourished in the early part of the 20th Century, then withered and died with the coming of suburban malls. In Toledo there was Tiedtke's. (Tiedtke Bros. at that time, with many years ahead to grow.)

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