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benmorales The New York Central Railroad Bridge (now known as the Toledo Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge) crosses the Maumee River from the east side just south of the High Level Bridge. It carries a rail-line that serves CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Amtrak. This is actually a swinging bridge (partially) containing a modified double-intersection Warren truss configuration, present in both the swing span and the fixed approach spans, allowing large ships to pass through when needed. Toledo was once very much a railroad town, highly dependent on the trains for transportation and commerce. Although railways have seen a great deal of decline in the last 50 years, this stretch still gets quite a bit of traffic. In fact, it took five attempts (on separate occasions) to capture this photograph because in the daytime hours there is almost always a train passing by. I’m not sure when the bridge was built, but I’m guessing in the late 1890’s. This historic photo, taken around 1902, is one of my favorites. I assume at least part of the group are laborers, although I hope the young boy (who looks no older than 10) is just one of their sons and not a worker. The rugged group standing stoically among the perfectly symmetrical industrial ironwork, makes this a powerful representation of an age long past.
The historic photo shown 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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  •   mutibalgithami You deserve to exceed 10k and reach 100k bro 1d
  •   toledosattic Ben, this is priceless.  I wonder if descendants of these people recognize their great- and great-great-grandparents, except for the young boy who may be a living person's grandparent but probably not among us anymore.  Maybe if you add a #genealogy tag, it might come up in other searches. 23h
  •   mratt23 Best one yet. 23h
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  •   exploringnwo Excellent! Love the series!! 23h
  •   toledo_insta_grammie_carolyn Fantastic history lesson! Live this shot and your series.20h
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  •   b_dickman You got it! You've been working at this one for awhile! 24min

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dittrickmuseum It's a #thenandnow! The older photo shows what our home, the then new Allen Memorial #Library Building, looked like in 1929. 85 years ago, #CWRU was still Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology, Euclid Avenue was much more narrow, and #SeveranceHall was still being built! #clevelandgram #clevelandhistory 3d

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erinn_simon Came out of this retrograde thinking about this girl, and wondering what she'd have to say if she could see me today. #selfie #dearphotograph @dearphotograph #blackandwhite #vscocam #vsco #vscophile #portrait #vscohub 4d

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jtrav Dear Photograph, Thanks for reminding me of our cross-country journey together. This was minutes before we hit the road and I wish you were standing in front of me right now. Love always and forever, Jason #dearphotograph 4d

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amyclemonsphotog #dearphotograph I loved Kennebunkport then, and I'm head over heels for it now. So blessed to take my family back to one of my favorite places as a kid. 6d

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pamshewchuck #tbt 1962. Fast forward a few years from the last installment. Bob & Darjean have started their young family on Sheffield. That would be Ray in the stroller. @annntheman @cblessy314 @agbear3 #dearphotograph 1w

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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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kaylajantzi black and white edit ️ Ginger, thanksgiving weekend, 2003 #dearphotograph 3w

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giselligator one of our fav places 😎 #dearphotograph 3w

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pamshewchuck #tbt 1955. Ray's folks were the original owners of their home on Sheffield in Troy. As we get the house ready for a new family to move in - making new memories - we take pause remembering Mom & Dad, their love for each other and their family. #dearphotograph 3w
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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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