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Solid Cincinnati: 1912

Solid Cincinnati: 1912

Cincinnati circa 1912. "Main Street from Fountain Square." With a nice view of the Blymyer Building. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Gwynne Building

That building in the middle of the photo (a block away) is the Gwynne Building.

With large, arched windows, a peaked roof, and buff stone from the ground to the roof, The Gwynne Building is one of the most architecturally distinctive buildings in the region.

Built in 1913, the Beaux Arts style, 120,000 square foot, 13-story Gwynne Building was originally a headquarters for Procter & Gamble and is listed on U.S. Department of Interior's National Register of Historic Places.

PS Cincinnati is bringing back the streetcar.

The Old P.O.

The building on the left, the old post office, dates to the 1880s. In the 1930s it was replaced with a new facility, now called the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse.

The buildings to the right of the streetcars have been replaced by the Wald Peck Federal Building, completed in the early 1960s.

As a stamp collector in the late '50s early '60s I would regularly visit the Philatelic Window in the newer Post Office to get the latest commemorative stamps and plate blocks of stamps that they sold.

I took my physical for the draft in the fall of 1964 in the Wald Peck building.


To see that the Blymyer Building is still with us. And we can see where all those Royal Typewriters wound up.

[The Blymyer Building is long gone. - Dave]

Goods & services

From the signs alone: life insurance, drugs, tailors, paints, glass, mortgages, typewriters, printing, binding, attorneys, hats, gloves, toys, hardware, banks, clothing, dentists, drugs, restaurants, printers. Then I look at the present-day photo provided by Root 66 and all I see is insurance.

Maximum Traction

It looks as if the tramcar taking the curve has both its maximum traction trucks pointing the same way (pony wheel leading). Not the practice in GB where they were both either 'reversed' or 'normal'; but since this is obviously a single ended car was this a normal arrangement in the USA?

Same Corner Today

Somehow, it doesn't look quite as lively as it did then.

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"Used extensively by U.S. Government"

Well, I'm going to buy one of those Royal Typewriters, that's good enough for me.

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