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yeah lets get this kind of thread going again -- 

here is a new round:

 

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this last one shows the different

style of lights in west and east berlin

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china

 

shenzen

1980

>350K

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shenzen

today

15M

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shanghai

1987

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shanghai

today

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more historic shanghai

 

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Couple old Springfield pics.

From Springfield's long lost downtown - Limestone, I believe

You could smell the peanuts about a half block away

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And the late Community Hospital at High & Burnett early/mid 30s

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Here's a few from pre-war Toledo:

 

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Downtown in what I think was the 1920s

 

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Looking down Madison Avenue in 1940

 

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Downtown in the 30s or 40s

 

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The corner of Jefferson and Superior in 1937. Today, the Huntington Center would be in the lower right corner and Fifth Third Field would be in the upper left.

 

And one from 1968:

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The Fiberglas Tower under construction

 

 

Courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http://images2.toledolibrary.org/.

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It's sad to see how much more active downtown Springfield used to be than it is now. 

 

In any event, I love the Planters Peanuts sign in the old photo.  There is currently a peanut shop in Springfield (on E. Main St -- US 40) which claims to have been in business since the 1930s.  They still use the original peanut roaster.  I stop by there on occasion when passing through Ohio.  I wonder if this is the same business (perhaps moved to a new location)?

 

Stuart

 

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Good ol' John Cleves Symmes.

 

Yea that guy is cool

Well...

woulda been nice if he'd waited for Ludlow to finish surveying before selling property, but...

I read a story about him somewhere - said it took him 3 days to get from, like North Bend to Cumminsville or something. Said he got lost hiding from the indians by day & wolves by night.

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It would've been amazing if Springfield kept that station.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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This picture--probably taken from the around the time I was born :| --shows evidence that Painesville's downtown once had more than just tumbleweeds rolling down its streets :laugh:. The entire block was demolished in the late 70's, presumably because damage from a fire was too severe for restoration. The fact is that most of these businesses had fled by that time anyway. The Gail G. Grant store--in business since the early part of the century--was a nice department store (though decidedly not upscale) that was the closest thing P'ville had to a big-city style store, and it folded when I was still in elementary school...

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^you're tellin' me! lol. I guess they were just desperate because the retail center of Lake Co had shifted to Mentor in the 60's, and the federal govt (HUD?) was giving Painesville tons of money for urban renewal; and well, let's face it, historic preservation was not that big of a thing forty years ago. That said, there was still no excuse for all the wholesale destruction--

 

the only thing left of this block is the bank on the left which wasn't historic, just a recreation of a federal style (?) bldg, but the rest was demolished for the much heralded New Market Mall which flopped--

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this block is the same one as my original picture (around the corner to the north--all demolished and replaced by some crappy looking low-rise structure). The rubble in the foreground became the home to the new Cleveland Trust Bank building around 1969/70 (now Key Bank)-

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I found a few thousand old photos of Cincinnati street improvements taken during the 1920's and 1930's. Of course the side by side comparisons were mostly depressing, but I still thought it was interesting to see the old photos next to current day Street View from the same location so I made it easy and put them on the same page. I can do some more of these if others find them interesting:

 

http://zfein.blogspot.com/2013/10/cincinnati-then-and-now.html

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There was a hippie music club around Taft & Vine around 1970 called The Dome or Black Dome or something. A lot of touring acts played there before The Ludlow Garage came along. Dunno if it was in the building with the Jordan billboard or not.

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Vintage Abandoned

 

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Most and possibly all of these photographs were taken by Walker Evans in the late 1920s or early 1930s.  He was literally the first person to photograph the automobile landscape, ranging from the change in signage to be readable to passing cars, to junk yards, to the class gradations that particular types of cars represented. 

 

For example, it's difficult to know today, but the convertible these two are driving in was the very cheapest convertible that could be had at that time:

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Sort of like how poor or middle class people do things that imitate that possessions and customs of the wealthy, and of course in the US the wealthy were imitating the landed gentry of England and France. 

 

 

 

 

 

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about time for another round?

 

 

tesla shocker

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mlk skillz

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dilly dali-ing

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lenin wave

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u-boat washes ashore

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moon family

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venus if u will

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sagan & dali lama

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i dont even

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greed is good

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supercute finale

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In the pre apocalypse thread, someone posted a picture of the Glen Canyon Dam.

This episode of Route 66 was filmed on location during it's construction in 1962.

bout an hour.

It also has a really hot pre-Ellie Mae Clampett Donna Douglas in a small role.

heh - when job interviews were for men...

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