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Hanan Shoes: 1905

Hanan Shoes: 1905

Circa 1905. "Wood Street, Pittsburg, Pa." Home to Hanan Shoes. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Precursor to tragedy?

I am intrigued by the man crossing in front of the streetcar. Visual evidence indicates that the vehicle is moving toward him (car's shadow is in the intersection, the trolley pole looks like the car is moving toward the camera). He's just beginning to cross the streetcar's path yet no one seems to be concerned. Am I missing something?

[The man is not as close to the streetcar as it seems due to the apparent spatial compression that occurs when distant objects directly ahead are magnified, either in reality, as with binoculars, or enlarged in a photograph. -tterrace]

Rambler Bicycles, next door to Hanan Shoes

Forerunner of the Rambler automobile, its manufacturer sold the cycle business in 1900 and entered the nascent motorcar industry. Eventually acquired by Nash Motors and its successor American Motors, the Rambler ended its run in the U.S. in 1969. The name lived on in some foreign markets before disappearing in 1983.


Below is the same view from July of 2011.

Sailor the Tailor

A print ad for A.L. Sailor

Much has changed

Tall white building on the right is still there but updated. Nothing else seems the same.

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Downtown Style

Two very nice examples of circular fire escapes.
Limited "road apples".
Straw hats and bowlers with dark suits for the men, cinch corsets, full length skirts with large decorated Edwardian hats for the women.
A very stylish and clean downtown. Maybe a weekend afternoon.

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