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Caught Wet-Handed: 1904

Caught Wet-Handed: 1904

1904. "Tyler Davidson Fountain ('The Genius of Water'), Cincinnati, O." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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Going Your Way?

You can catch the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton (CH&D) to Chicago right here and have the porter bring you bottles of whatever.

If you are interested in the history of the CH&D, there is a book "The Pere Marquette Railroad Company" written by Dr. Paul Wesley Ivey. He states in chapter 7 of dealings with the infamous J.P. Morgan, the Erie railroad, the PM and the CH&D. Of course when ya get to the end you find out the robber barrons did it!

This is pre B&O. Later it became the Toledo Division of the B&O.

School of --


[No wonder you couldn't fix my record player. - Dave]

Pretty neat view

Found a really nice 360 of the fountain square.


As seen in the opening credits of the TV show WKRP.

Soggy telegrams

Hopefully the two messenger boys had made their deliveries for the day.

Still there

The fountain is still there, although it's been moved around 40 feet to the right. Fountain Square, where the fountain sits, is still a popular gathering place downtown. Mabley & Carew was a longtime department store in Cincinnati. It, and all the buildings in the photograph, are long-gone.

That really is water

coming from her hands -- isn't it?

[Hence the title. - Dave]

Fascinating Fountain Facts

Slip and Fall accidents can be painful

No amount of money could make me do this.

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