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Fountain Square: 1907

Fountain Square: 1907

Circa 1907. "Fountain Square, Cincinnati." Dry goods, dentists and the Western Tray Factory. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Mabley & Carew

The person on the scaffolding on the left of the image looks to be hanging lights possibly as a Christmas decoration for the Mabley and Carew Department Store. The store in the image is on the Northeast Corner of Fifth and Vine streets. (The fountain is in the middle of Fifth street). Here is a previous Shorpy post that depicts a different view of the Mabley and Carew building. The store relocated to three of the four corners of Fifth and Vine during its lifetime. I worked for Mabley and Carew in the early to mid 60s. At that time the store was on the Northwest corner of Fifth and Vine, its final location.

Not much still there

The fountain is still there, although it's been moved a hundred feet or so (it appears in the opening credits of "WKRP in Cincinnati"). The tall building on the right, with "New York Life" in the upper windows, is still there. Just about everything else in the shot is long gone.

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