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Street Smarty: 1908

Street Smarty: 1908

Rochester, New York, circa 1908. "Masonic Temple, North Clinton Avenue and Mortimer Street." Our second visit to this august edifice affords a view of two lads whom we strongly suspect of being Up to Something. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.


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Masons support masons.

No stopping them

It looks like the masons kept going until they ran out of bricks.

Still there

Commercial Vacancies

I can understand the failure of the Egbert store, but Underwood Typewriters?

The bicycle fad has passed

If this was a "T" intersection as it is now, then the temple was on the northwest corner and the shadows indicate a morning scene. The rapscallions are starting the day with a little mischief as they walk to school. Wunder has not completely uncovered the nifty little display window expander that has just been wheeled out the door. Nusbaum's awning has indeed seen better days, but the door is open to customers. The business across the temple entrance from the Lining Shop has failed; perhaps an opportunity for a Buttonry.

The building still looks awkwardly top-heavy.

Must be a story and a half.

One has to wonder what is going on in the top floor of the building with that windowless level.

Also, what gives with the "half-stories" at the 4th and 6th floor level? Must be extremely high ceilings on the 3rd and 5th floors. This being for Masons, I'm sure there is a multi-story temple in there somewhere, but not the whole building.

[It's Dr. Lester's office in the Mertin-Flemmer building! -Dave]

A tough two years

Compared to the previous view, ol' Nusbaum's Linings seems to have gone straight to hell.


Hey, Mister, your shoe's unbuttoned!

... and a lass

Who seems to be getting the word not to pay attention to the lads!

Or was it just me?

My best guess is the fine, intelligent, young man with his hand to his face is replicating the sound made when air escapes an orifice. When the man looks back at the lad, the innocent lad exclaims, "Sir! Excuse yourself!" At a certain age boys love that kind of joke.

Based on other Masonic temples I've seen: I think there was a ballroom on the third floor. The extreme height of the ballroom ceiling is why there is a row of blank window frames.

I think the small windows with Roman grilles was the floor level of at least two auditoriums that were above the cornice - that's why what should be the parapet is so large.

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The charge: High Jinks and Low Japes.

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