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Connecticut Mutual: 1907

Connecticut Mutual: 1907

Hartford, Conn., circa 1907. "Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co., Main and Pearl Streets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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March of Time

That corner clock (or an exceptional copy) still keeps time in downtown Hartford, though it has migrated a few hundred feet down Pearl Street. Thanks to the ravages of Hartford's experiments with urban renewal, the clock now guards the entrance to a mid-block parking lot.

Awnings

Beautiful. But with the sun shining full on these two faces of the building furnished with awnings, at 9:30 in the morning, why are they not (with a few exceptions) all unfurled? I was thinking it might be a weekend, but the front doors are open.

Rolling in style

Looks like a brand new Packard Model S Touring Car at the far right. Someone was doing quite well in the insurance business.

Second Empire on steroids

Wow, what a circus of mixed style details. Yeah, it's over the top, but for me a lot more fun to look at than a sea of anonymous glassed in cubes. By Bryant & Rogers, whose work I do not know. Look at the detail around the roof, which almost no one would ever see from the street.

Hifalutin' Ride

That opulent-looking vehicle on the right appears to be a Packard "S" Touring, a stratospherically-priced breakout design that established the company as a premium American builder for half a century. Judging by the contour of the front fenders -- perfectly designed for launching water and mud onto hapless pedestrians -- the aristocrats building and buying Packards were not overly empathic with their more plebeian fellow citizens.

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