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Greatest Hits: 1900

Greatest Hits: 1900

Circa 1900. "Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Cleveland, Ohio." A visual compendium of circa-1900 business-district standbys -- dealers in coke and coal, candy, harnesses, trusses, tresses (the "Hair Store") and what looks to be the world headquarters of Painless Dentistry. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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A Rare Exception

I think this is one time where I prefer the modern photo to the old one. The Terminal Tower is just quite simply a magnificent building! The skyline of Cleveland seems "toothless" without it.

A First

White's Yucatan Gum was the first flavored gum sold. It was invented in 1880 by William J. White. Who added Peppermint oil to the chicle. William J. White and others would later merge to create the American Chicle Co.

Cable Car Tracks

In the foreground, the tracks of the Superior Avenue line of the Cleveland City Cable Railway. The line operated with cable traction from Dec. 17, 1890 until July 1, 1900, when it was converted to electric power; the new trolley wires can be seen in the photo. More info on pages 454-455 of the excellent book "The Cable Car in America" by George W. Hilton, the standard reference work on the subject.

Sweets and dentistry

Note that Humphrey Pop Corn and Cream Candy as well as the Swetlands Candy are cheek by jowl (so as to speak) with the Home Painless Dentists.

The nerve of some people!

There's a man standing at the corner who's actually not wearing a hat. Whatever is the world coming to?

1900 Street View

What a difference a lens makes.

The same view today

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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