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Norwood Belt Line: 1901

Norwood Belt Line: 1901

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1901. "Summit Street." In what seems to be the home furnishings district. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Klinger think?

U.S. Mail Streetcars?

I knew some railroads ran mail/post office cars under U.S. government contract, some of which were staffed to sort mail being delivered between cities. Some interurbans did similar things, with both dedicated and mixed mail/passenger cars.

But an obviously local two-axle passenger trolley bearing a U.S. Mail "badge", that's a new one on me, and the internets seem equally stumped, couldn't find any relevant references in an hour-plus of searching.


Is it an amusement park? If I could walk down a street in a Shorpy photo, I would check this place out!

[It was a theater. - Dave]


Summit runs along the Maumee River through the heart of Toledo. This area of downtown has been prime real estate for a long time, and it has been redeveloped multiple times. The latest generation of buildings have large footprints and are meant to impress. You'd have to head up Adams a few blocks - to less valuable real estate - to see the older retail buildings similar to what's in the photo.

Buy now! Pay Later!

"Summit Street." In what seems to be the home furnishings district.

— and who would have guessed? Based on the banner farther down the street, they're having a sale!

Fit to be Tied(tke's)

The block at right would soon become home to the storied Toledo retailer; eventually it all burned (gee, guess you don't have to be a hotel to do that !)

The attractive building on the left, which ultimately housed a branch of Hudson's - yes, that Hudson's - kindled earlier:

Perhaps we should call it the "Tinder District".

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