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Picturing the Past 110: Buggies hit the road

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 12:12 PM

These buggies were all sold on one day - March 26, 1910 - by Robinson-McGill Hardware Co. on the Shelbyville square.
Yes, the Shelbyville square was once unpaved. Take a look at what these buggies at Robinson-McGill Hardware Co. were traveling over.

This photo is dated March 26, 1910 and a note says these are 10 of 12 buggies sold. Remember, by that time cars were coming on the scene.

Go here for a closer view and you'll more clearly see other storefronts: Shelbyville Shoe & Clothing Co. and Blue Front Drug Store, "The Prescription Drug Store" with owner S.G. Butler's name prominently displayed.

The posters advertise "Meadow Brook Farm" playing at the Opera House. And a sign atop the building identifies this as the Frierson Block.

Quite different times 100 years ago.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.

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Which side of the square is this?

-- Posted by welkindance on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 1:05 PM

welkindance, If you compare this photo with the one used in Picturing the Past 102 it appears that the architecture along the top of the building and the dental work are the same in both photos. Also I noticed that the Blue Front Drug Store is in the same location in both photos. That being said this would surely be the South Side of the Square.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 1:50 PM

I love these old pics when they are of quality that you see details better.The T.G. Sesqui-Centennial 1969 has the lower half of this same pic, and there are several more of the square that would be nice to see .There is also a story about the Robinson -McGill harness factory being on the second floor above the drug store.

-- Posted by Cal t on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:43 PM

Well I'm not sure where my comments went so I'll start over.

I love these old pics when they are of quality to see detail.Also this pic is in the Sesqui-Centennial 1969, with several more of the square that would be nice to see in clearer print.

-- Posted by Cal t on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:50 PM

I wonder if anybody has an early Robinson-McGill catalogue? I have a very late one with their June 15, 1949 price list inserted -- probably printed a little earlier. It says "Manufacturers since 1897" on the cover. The products were only saddlery, harness and strap goods (no buggies) by the late 1940s.

It's interesting to compare this photo (taken the month my dad was born) with the one in Picturing the Past 102, Back to the Square. The latter was the way it looked when I was born. The same buildings are at the right and in the foreground of #102, shot from the roof of the Gunter Building. One might say they had gone downhill quite a bit, in thirty years, but the square itself was really booming.

-- Posted by razyn on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 1:41 PM

Would be interested to see the R-M catalog dated 1949. Could razyn please contact me? --

Al Sims

-- Posted by awsims9@gmail.com on Thu, Mar 24, 2016, at 10:37 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.