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A Ton of Bricks: 1904

A Ton of Bricks: 1904

Circa 1904. "The Philadelphia Bourse, Fourth and Ranstead Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Butful Building, not like modern crap, such as Boston City Hall

[The First Lamp of Architecture. - Dave]

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Butful Building, not like modern crap, such as Boston City Hall

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Butful Building, not like modern crap, such as Boston City Hall

[I'm thinking of having these bronzed. - Dave]

Connections

Something I have never figured out is how those arc lights, with their apparently exposed connections, worked in the rain. I'd think those lights would have all shorted out. Or have I missed something?

AT&T at the Bourse

My maternal grandfather worked in the Bourse from the mid-'20s until after WWII for AT&T, which had a large interchange there.

After Work

We can run down to the Entertainment Bureau or the My Little Bourse Saloon, your choice, I'm open to whatever.

Now, a ton of old bricks

Still lookin' good!


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Is that an antenna?

Or is it some sort of a brace for wires? There wouldn't be too much wireless reception of any kind in those days.

[Wireless telegraphy was going strong then, and many urban skyscrapers had such masts. Search "wireless" here on Shorpy for more examples. -tterrace]

[The function of the tower seems to be meteorological-horological. - Dave]

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