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King Cotton: 1906

King Cotton: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Cotton Exchange." A building with beaucoup bling -- note the crown-topped bale signifying you-know-what. View full size.

 

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That streetlight!

I'm of the opinion that the funky streetlight is a carbon-arc lamp with provision to lower it to street level to replace or adjust the carbons.

The coil of rope hanging on the utility pole is the key.

A Question of Royalty

Ok, being from a far off country where the crown actually represents royalty, I hope it's not too silly to ask what a crown represented in 1906 Mobile Alabama?

[King Cotton. -tterrace]

Ornamentation

On the left side of the building over the doorway one can see a bear ? head but I cannot make out what is in the circle to its left. Also is there a proper architectural term for these items?

[Medallions depict a bull and a bear. -tterrace]

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