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benmorales Another #sunrise from this weekend. 12h

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benmorales It was the perfect day to enjoy the great outdoors. Even spotted some forest creatures. 1d

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benmorales So long Clarion Hotel. 2d

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benmorales Pretty intense sunrise this morning. 3d

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benmorales The Gunckel Pyramid, in Toledo’s Woodlawn Cemetery, marks the grave of John Gunckel, founder of the Toledo Newsboys Association. Dedicated in 1917 a couple years after his death, the 26-foot pyramid is made of 10,000 stones donated from local school children and even brought from as far away as China, Japan, Alaska, and the Holy Lands. What kind of a man is worthy of such a memorial? Born in 1846, Gunckel came from a humble upbringing. He didn’t have the means to finish college, but later became a passenger agent with the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad where his friendly, outgoing personality made him a popular social figure in the community. In the 1890’s he took notice of the growing population of newsboys in the city. As the population increased rapidly due to immigration, more and more children depended on selling newspapers to survive. In 1892 Gunckel invited 100 of these poor kids to Christmas dinner downtown, where he announced the beginning of an association to help them become men of integrity.
In the years to come, Gunckel’s generosity became nationally renown and his organization became a model for many other associations around the country. Many of his boys grew up to be respected members of the community, businessmen, doctors, policeman; all because one man took an interest in the vagrants that everyone else had turned their backs on. It’s been said that at a meeting of prominent businessmen one man asked, “Who was this John Gunckel and where did he make his money?” To which another replied “John Gunckel didn’t make money—he made men.” The plaque on the pyramid reads “TOLEDO HONORS: A Citizen without reproach. A Friend without pretense. A Philanthropist without display. A Christian without hypocrisy.” I was awestruck when I came across the photo shown here. The somber scene of young boys who had lost the only father figure they had known. For many years, the newsboys continued to leave lotus flowers on the anniversary of his death. Have you had a chance to visit the pyramid?

This is part of my #toledorephotography series, displaying historic images of Toledo photographed again in the present day at the exact same location.
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benmorales "It's alive and somewhere for us to find. Tonight, chase this light with me." 4d

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benmorales Never stop exploring. 5d

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benmorales Rainy days aren't so bad when they end like this. 6d

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benmorales "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa 1w

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benmorales Ascend to greatness. #WHPballoons 1w

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benmorales I want to believe. 1w

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benmorales Old Glory. 1w

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benmorales The straight and narrow path. 2w

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benmorales The Henfling Building, on Conant Street in downtown Maumee, was most likely built sometime in the 1890’s. By the turn of the century it was occupied by the Dreamland Theater on the left side of the building and the Candy Kitchen shown here on the right. The Dreamland was a popular place for people of all ages to enjoy the latest innovation in entertainment, silent motion pictures. The well preserved 2-story brick building is now occupied by the Buehrer Group, an architecture and engineering firm. The photo shown depicts workers unloading a horse-drawn cart in front of the candy store. It seems they figured out early on that sweet refreshments pair well with watching movies.
The historic photo shown, taken around 1900, is courtesy of the Lucas County Public Library. This is part of my #toledorephotography series, displaying historic images of Toledo photographed again in the present day at the exact same location. Hope you enjoy
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benmorales Another shot from our recent shoot for @jupmode. #itmatterswhereyoumakeit 2w

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benmorales In good company. #WWIM10 #wwim_igerstoledo 2w

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benmorales It was a cold and windy day but that didn't stop me and about 20 other people from meeting at maumee bay for #WWIM10. Good times! #wwim_igerstoledo 2w

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