Tuesday, January 22, 2008

March 1956, Town Square 1


There is something really exciting about walking under the two bridges of the Main Street Train Station; entering Town Square is truly transformational. Although I think that in the last few decades the illusion is not quite as good, you do still feel like you have stepped into yesteryear. Today’s post is the first few images from our March 1956 photographer’s Town Square set; the Horse-Drawn Streetcar is ready for business as are a few of the Carriages/Surreys. In the background of shot 2, you can see that International Street is still a possibility, and Maxwell House is ready to brew you a fresh cup of coffee. Seeing these early photos with the park not overtaken by throngs, it is easier to get caught up in the fantasy of being on a turn-of-the-century Main Street.



This sheriff looks like he’s just itchin’ to arrest somebody!



Here’s a detail of the same photo showing the “Be A Fireman” sign in front of the Fire Department.



See more vintage Town Square photos on my regular website.



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6 comments:

Thufer said...

there is something special about town square. thanks for this really good set of pictures.

Progressland said...

Really neat shot of the Surreys. Thanks for sharing.

Davelandweb said...

Glad you like the TS photos; so did this photographer, and there are quite a few more to post in the upcoming days!

Major Pepperidge said...

Wow Dave, this must be a big series...two days and we're still in town square! Great quality.

outsidetheberm said...

Nice shots! Thank you.

Biblioadonis aka George said...

The second shot really looks like it is from a movie set. The lack of foliage is apparent!