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Genesee Street: 1904

Genesee Street: 1904

Syracuse, New York, circa 1904. "Genesee Street." Early-1900s standbys include the usual assortment of painless dentists, and a "Misfit" clothing parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Darned trees

It's hard to see, but this is pretty much where the image was taken. If you go straight down the tree-lined path, almost all of the buildings on the right hand side seem to be there (actually the Salt Springs Bank on the close left is also still there without its pretty entry).

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When we were 21 ?

An early film, perhaps? There was to be one in 1921, but I couldn't find anything earlier.

[Large movie theaters and feature-length films were still a bit in the future in 1904. The Bastable offered live theater, both vaudeville and plays, such as "When We Were Twenty-One," a 1901 four act comedy by H.V. Esmond. It was also filmed in 1915 and adapted for another in 1930. -tterrace]

Rack it

Apparently the bank wasted their money on the bike racks. They don't seem to be very popular.

Cyclecuse, NY

Has to be the most bike friendly city in the early 1900's. You've posted many street scenes from numerous cities, but I can't recall any with so many bicycles.

Low self-esteem

Oddly enough, the majority of the people are clustered around Meyer's Misfits which perhaps would indicate they didn't have a very high opinion of themselves. (Wonder if Marilyn Monroe got her wardrobe there for her movie of the same name).

[Looks like a youth outing of some sort. -tterrace]

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