benmorales When the stomp their hooves at you that means they want to be friends, right? 1d

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benmorales Be still and listen to the wind and the waves. Winter was alive and well on Lake Erie this morning. It was a painful 8 degrees (with windchill) but it was worth it to catch this beautiful sunrise. #whplisten 2d

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benmorales Stream of consciousness. 3d

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benmorales #FivePointsToledo (8 of 8): Built in 1931, St. Catherine of Sienna School has had a long history in West Toledo. St. Catherine’s was established a year before when 130 families left their home parish, St. Agnes, to pioneer their faith in the growing Library Village. Although the Great Depression was in full swing, parish leaders went door-to-door asking for a three year pledge to build a combination school and church. The area had few homes and unpaved streets, yet the parishioners’ enthusiasm made the dream come true. Father Charles Comte, pastor, offered men $2 a day to assist with construction; most of them donated the money back to the struggling church. The finished structure - stone with a dramatic entrance - included classrooms for all eight grades and a gymnasium that would be used for Mass for thirty years until a church was built in 1960. Do you have memories of going to school or church here?

This historic photo, taken around 1932, is courtesy of the Toledo-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 Between the lines. 5d

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benmorales Dust covers. 1w

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benmorales Met a lot of rad people at #IGers_ToledoWWIM yesterday including @redxluckyxcharms, @rachelm0515 & @dmarieolsen all the way from Indianapolis. Can't wait to shoot with you guys again sometime! #wwim11 #WWIMToledo 1w

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benmorales Never a dull moment with the Lee boys. Thanks for a great #wwim11 @igers_toledo! #WWIMToledo #IGers_ToledoWWIM 1w

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benmorales #FivePointsToledo (7 of 8): This building at the corner of Phillips and Lewis Avenue was originally an Oldsmobile carriage dealership in the early 1900’s. In 1921 Gus Mancy and his cousin Nicholas Graham converted it into the Ideal Restaurant. Born and raised on the Isle of Crete, Gus Mancy brought his cooking talents and traditions to Toledo in 1916. As the restaurant became more and more popular, it became locally renowned for its beautiful decor, Tiffany lamps, chandeliers, stained glass, and of course the delicious food. When asked why he chose this location instead of one of the more popular parts of town, Gus said it was because it was at the end of the trolley line, therefore would naturally attract hungry commuters. It’s difficult for us to comprehend now, but in those days far more people travelled by trolley to get around town than any other form of transportation and the streets were heavily saturated by the these train lines. In 1973 Mancy’s was completely devastated by a fire and had to be completely rebuilt. They took great care to rebuild it structurally just as it was before, and although the fine interior could not be replaced precisely, glass and furnishings were all salvaged from local historic homes and churches. Food has been a way of life for the Mancy family in Toledo for nearly 100 years as the family restaurant is still going strong and has even expanded to other local eateries like Mancy’s Italian, Bluewater Grille, and Shorty’s. The beautiful historic photo shown was taken around 1910, more than a decade before the restaurant would form.
This photo is courtesy of the Toledo-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 St. Patrick's 2w

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benmorales There's a science to walking through windows. 2w

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benmorales Welcome warmth following a long winter. 2w

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benmorales Fire and ice. #WHPfromthewater 2w

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benmorales To the ends of the earth. #lakeerie 2w

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benmorales “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” // Terry Pratchett 3w

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benmorales Worlds and dreams. 3w
  •   justkellycraig Love the composition. 2w
  •   owlephanter I've been seeing a lot of photos like this lately (reflections turned upside down) and for whatever reason they all look way better upside down versus right side up. Cool shot though. 2w
  •   benmorales @owlephanter Thank you! I used to dislike that trend but now I like that it forces you to see things a little differently. Stumbled across your feed today. Great stuff! 2w
  •   owlephanter Yeah, it is a nice way to view things. Thanks for the compliment on my feed, yours is pretty great too!! Thanks for the follow. 2w
  •   ash_toronto This is solid. Keep 'em coming. Would love to network. 2w
  •   plausia Oh my god, I'm discovering my own city... Where did you take this pic ? 2w

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