Thursday, August 21, 2008

Some Old Photos of Cincinnati

I got this book a few weeks ago and thought I would share a few photos from it. I seen it while I was at my eye doctor's for my yearly exam and told him how fascinating I thought it was and he told me he gets them $15.00 off the bookstore price, so I grabbed one and have been browsing through it since. It is a coffee table book so it's big and was hard to scan. I'm not sure if anyone outside of Cincinnati would find it as fascinating but I love history and I love Cincinnati so I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from the book.
The top photo is the cover of the book. This book starts in 1860 and goes up to the 1960's. The photo below this is of a lady in 1912 charging up her car. It says electric vehicles were popular for women in the early 1900's because they didn't need to be cranked for starting or have their gears shifted. Doesn't she look snazzy in her hat and dress?

The photo below is the swimming pool at our Coney Island, probably in the late 1920's. At the time it was the largest recirculating pool in the world. An adult could swim with a rented suit and towel for 50 cents and a child for 25 cents. The suits and towels were "sterilized" in between uses.
When I scanned the photo below everything turned around but this is a Kroger's store that opened in 1883. Kroger's does not look like this anymore. LOL
Okay this one below cracks me up. First off read the signs, it says you get a wienerwurst with every drink. Cincinnati is known for it's German heritage. Here's what funny about this photo, this corner was named "nasty corner" back in the 1890's because of the large numbers of saloons on the corner. This was at our Fifth and Vine street which later on became the site of our Carew Tower which I worked in for years. So it was very interesting to see what it looked like before the 50 story building was constructed.
This last photo is one of my favorites. Because the caption in the book says that photography along with nursing and teaching was one of the socially acceptable occupations for women in the late 19th century. Socially acceptable???? LOL It also said most women learned photography from their family and often inherited the photo studio from their father or husband. Anyway hope you enjoyed my history trip of Cincy. I really do love this book and anyone from this area should really take a look at it. Also don't forget Brenda's Photo Challenge this Saturday, August 23rd and the theme is "SWEETS", I have a link on my sidebar so hop over and sign up. I think we should use this chick as our poster girl for the photo challenge. LOL Have a good one!


Sally said...

Oh, I love that, Joan. Those old pictures are the best, and it's so great learning what was going on, and seeing for yourself in pix so long ago.

Isn't that something about women and photography; now, it seems to have made a huge comeback!! I love her outfit! :)

Thanks so much for sharing some of the history of your great city. My oldest brother was born in Columbus, and I have NO clue where that is in relation to Cinn. :)

Donna said...

I LOVE those old photos! What a hoot! The gal photographer is especially priceless.

Joni said...

I love historical photographs...and especially when we can relate them to here and now..this book was a great find, thanks for sharing it!

Christine Boles said...

This is neat!~ I've checked out books from the library on Cincinnati history, and have collected a slew of photos from the internet~ it's fascinating to see the way things were!

sarah cool said...

you worked in carew tower?? i worked in carew tower for several years!! what floor?? for who??


I have a hair appt at La Petite Salon & Spa next week.... maybe we could meet up for coffee?????? :) :)

Donna said...

Can you imagine having to wear those long dresses in the Summer? Wow!! Hot!! Great Vacation for me sweetie! Thanks!!!hughugs

CIELO said...

Hi Joan... just came back from my trip to the galaxies :) and wanted to come by to say hi... and thanks for running away with me for a while, and for all your warm wishes and concerns. Hopes for joy, bliss, laughter, faith, peace, and love be with you....



Brenda said...

What a great find! I love seeing old photos from the days when my grandparents were youngsters. Those are wonderful!

david mcmahon said...

Gotta love historic photos, Joan.

I could spend hours poring over that book!

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

This is fascinating (especially love the sign. LOL). I also love the thought of what was "socially acceptable" back then. We've come a long way, baby!


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love these photos... you did a great job scanning!
Fun post!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

What a neat book...Mary

Justabeachkat said...

Sooooo interesting!

I've passed along another award to you.

Happy Friday!


Tonjia said...

awesome pictures! I love looking at old pics too. can you imagine renting swimwuits nowadays???

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Joan, Wow I love this post and seeing all these Historic pics from Cincinnati. Since we lived there too, it really was fun to see. Thank you for sharing these great pictures. Really Fun!!

I have passed on an award to you. Stop by when you have a moment.
Have a great weekend.
hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Rue said...

Hi Joan :)

I really enjoyed this! The picture of Krogers really cracked me up. I had no idea that it was that old!

Happy belated Bithday to miss Maddie :)


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