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Pioneer Press: 1905

Pioneer Press: 1905

1905. "Pioneer Press building, St. Paul, Minnesota." Ghost pedestrians galore! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Another ghost identified

There's a ghost paper boy at the corner holding up his wares. It looks like he's holding a bundle of papers under his arm as well.

Now with skywalks

Yes, it's still there, still looking good. But now dwarfed by surrounding buildings.

The ghost pedestrians are interesting; but so are the mortal ones. Here are my scenarios (influenced by sheltering-at-home boredom):

The two men outside the Western Union office -- sleeve protectors establish one as a Western Union employee. He's come outside to show the other man something. Has he taken a bribe to reveal someone else's message?

The couple standing outside the NY Central Lines office -- is there an elopement in the works? Will they go through with it?

Next door to NY Central is a Postal Telegraph office, once competition to Western Union. But in 1945 they merged, and the merged entity became increasingly not used.

Pioneer Press Building

The current location of Pioneer Press is a couple of blocks away. However, this old brownstone structure still exists and houses a bunch of offices, shops, a boutique and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

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