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Forsyth Street: 1910

Forsyth Street: 1910

1910. "Forsyth Street looking east." Our 20th large-format, high-resolution view of Jacksonville, Florida. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.


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121 Atlantic Place remains

Looks like one of the buildings in the shot remains standing, completed just the year before the photo:

You can see it in the Google Street View, with the distinctive top on the left side of the street:

Could be his missus

Dr Norman Mcleod Heggie was born in Brampton, Ontario on 14 Oct 1876 the son of Scots immigrant David, and Canadian Mary Carter.
He married Jeanne Carrier (1888-1971) around 1908, and they had two children Jeanne Livingston (1909-1979) and Norman Jr (1913-1984).
The Doc died in 1932.


I think these are the greatest collection of light poles to date. What first comes to mind on seeing the beautiful hat in the first car was the massive amount of clothing worn in 1910. Then I look up to the top floors of these hotels, without air conditioning, and tip MY hat at the toughness of this generation! I would have cooked to death in the winter!

When the fog lifted

After Dr Heggie's successful treatment of Mrs Shinn's eye ailment, she looked in the mirror and wondered, "Why did I ever buy this hat?"

City tags?

The license plates on the cars say Jacksonville, rather than Florida. Was this used throughout Florida, or anywhere else?

One has another tag also, but I can't read it.

[Close-up. -tterrace]

A quiet find

The level of activity at street level in these photos can be so high that to find a moment in the upper storeys is always fairly quiet. For example: in the lower right quadrant, to the right of and above plate number 252, on the second floor beside a wide-open bay window, the woman in the white hat, with feather, seen from behind so we only see the rear side of her face. Try as I might, I can't read what's on the window, so I can't imagine what she's there for.

[DOCTOR N.M. HEGGIE. Norman Heggie was an ophthalmologist in the Buckman Building.- Dave]

Thank you so much, Dave! Your powers of crisp embigulation exceed my own hugely.

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