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Picturing the Past 46: Alex on North MainPosted Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 9:19 AM
Alex Sebastian stands with his newly-presented wagon in front of a block of pre-urban renewal North Main Street buildings. (T-G file photo)
The negative envelope identifies the man in the foreground as Alex Sebastian. Written on the envelope is information that the wagon he's standing near was presented to him by friends after his previous one was stolen. It's also noted that this photo wasn't published in the newspaper so we have no further information. (What appear to be spots on his clothing are actually some sort of stains on the negative.)
He's standing in front of Bud's Cafe, which previous commenters have said was on North Main Street. Note the shopping carts and a display of Coca-Cola bottles in the extreme right of the photo. Was a grocery store next to the cafe?
Down the street is Greenfield Bros. Furniture & Appliances, which looks a little different from the 1952 photo of the same business in an earlier blog.
ANOTHER LOOK: Thanks to a contributor, we have another look at the old First Methodist Church, this one from a postcard apparently from the early 1900s (note the 1909 postmark). You'll see a steeple and, on the right side of the building, several spires, which were gone by the 1950 photo I posted last week. The contributor said the steeple was taken down due to maintenance costs.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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