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Lansing Y: 1907

Lansing Y: 1907

Circa 1907. "Y.M.C.A. -- Lansing, Michigan." With City Hall to the rear and cigars to the side. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Whatever the weather ...

Always fresh!

The smile that won't come off!

Has to be one of the creepiest campaigns in the history of advertising. Besides the sides of buildings, it was featured on postcards with caricatures of grinning consumers.

Expired.

Back-to-back, side-by-side

As Notcom pointed out, the building to the left of the YMCA is the post office. It and city hall behind it were in complementary Romanesque styles. At certain angles, they must have looked like one building. The post office lasted until 1934, when it was replaced elsewhere by a streamline, Art Deco style post office. The Y was a good-looking building. It would have aged well, if it had survived.

Males to the right, mails to the left

... that being the Post Office, of course.

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