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The Electric Building: 1901

The Electric Building: 1901

Scranton, Pennsylvania, circa 1901. "Board of Trade and Linden Street." Completed in 1896, this precursor to the city's Chamber of Commerce, known as the Electric Building for almost a century, is a landmark for the giant SCRANTON THE ELECTRIC CITY sign on its roof since the 1920s. View full size.


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Let There be Light

Scranton was apparently a city that embraced electric lighting and streetcars quite early. This early image shows the building fully illuminated, with the sign on the roof surviving to the present day.

Regarding Henry

Henry A. Reifenberg was born in Pennsylvania in 1867 to Henry and Rosa, both of German/Swiss descent, In 1894 he married Lizzie M Mott and they had 3 children; Eloda (1895-1990), Carl (1897-1986) and Ruth (1899-?).

The 1940 Census has the couple along with the widowed Eloda at 1720 Olive Street, Scranton where Henry is still working a 75 hour week, Henry died in 1945, I can't find a record for Lizzie's death.

Endless Paper for a Paperless World

Dunder-Mifflin had an office on the third floor.

Tinning and Plumbing

Apparently Riefenberg was not too concerned that Victorian America would be scandalized by the sight of a toilet bowl in his store window.

That Hires Root Beer Poster

Framed, in excellent condition, would command a steep price in a well advertised soda memorabilia auction.

Dewey's Books

I wonder if they're categorized by some sort of decimal system?

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