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Urban Buffalo: 1904

Urban Buffalo: 1904

Buffalo, New York, circa 1904. "Main Street." Landmarks on view include the Buffalo Savings Bank dome and Hengerer's department store. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Buffalo Savings Bank

"The Gold Dome" is still there. It's a Buffalo landmark still!

I Wonder?

If the Failing Optical Co. is still in business?

What People Wore in 1904

It's definitely 1904; the one billboard on the side of the building just left of center announces some giveaway to be made on December 24, 1904. And since the streets are clear and the clothing moderate, it could be late summer or early Fall of that year.

Early Activist?

The lady sitting in the chair, holding a sign, is interesting. I can make out 'Free' but that's about all.

["The Salvation Army Free Excursion [Outing?]..." -tterrace]

Progressive Buffalo

It's only 1904 and already there's a store with an "AUTO SUPPLIES" sign out front and three of the newfangled machines parked at the curb.

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