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City Library: 1905

City Library: 1905

1905. "City Library -- Springfield, Mass." By 1909 this building, completed in 1871, had been uprooted and moved back 200 feet to make way for the much larger current library at the corner of State and Walnut. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.



According to The Discovery Channel, aliens from a galaxy far, far away moved it. No way humans could do such a feat; or build the Pyramids or discover how to use fire. The cable box is really a representation of what they probably looked like.

Gamewell cable box

Still around I guess -- there's a good picture of one on Flickr.

Just wondering

What is the circular device mounted on a pedestal at the curb in the foreground?

[It's made by the Gamewell Co. and says CABLES on the front. - Dave]

Jaw Dropping

The linked account of the building move is just crazy. I loved that they lightened to load by loaning out as many books as they could.

I visited Springfield in the fall of 2013. I got to spend time in their beautiful Symphony Hall but I wish I had spent the time to explore more of the buildings that have been shown here on Shorpy recently.

Monumental Move

Just how do you move a building of that size? It was long before Superman was born, so he was not there to help.

[Click the link in the caption. - Dave]

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