Another nice street scene. The Ford would be a '13 and the Buick behind it an '08, '09 or '10 2cyl Model F.
Great find Herb.
The National Bank built a new building after 1913. The Model T and Buick were sitting on the corner at lower left. This is Bremer street looking east today.
Except for the new bank building, most of the buildings along the street are still there.
Ken in Texas
What was the semaphore signal for ???
It is a standard rail semaphore "clear ahead" signal and the bottom green light is on. The electric rigging indicates streetcars and tells the east bound direction had the right of way at the time the photograph was taken. There is only a single rail line in the center of the street.
Ken in Texas
I am only familiar with them as RR signals, and a streetcar line seems highly
unusual, but that was my best guess too.
Do we build the buildings and sidewalks closer over the years? A lot of these old pictures the roads look really wide to me - especially when someone is able to find a googlemaps picture in almost the exact same location as the original picture. I can see how maybe this one is just the result of the camera angles being different, but it does seem like in a lot of pictures the roads are getting narrower.
Our town of St. Peters, MO. recently did an improvement of the old Main Street area. The overhead wires were removed and new sidewalks were installed. Along with this much needed drainage improvements were made. It is a better place.
One thing that happened that I don't quite understand was that at each intersection along Main Street there was a bump out made created that removed about two parking spaces on each side of the intersection. Also the street was made narrower.
That was a guess by me as well. They seem to have liked that intersection. It is East Bremer at 1st Street NE.
That thing in the middle of the first picture is a large street light in the middle of that intersection.
That Old Buick may still be in this picture. It's too small to tell anything but I thought I would put it up. It must be a little later than Jay's picture as there is a lot more telephone lines (I assume) on the poles.
The druggist still had his awning loose on this side and the entry to the basement is still there today. Neat pictures Jay.
Ken in Texas
Be careful not to confuse "improvements" with "changes" being made. I would take
the 1920 version of this street scene any day over the current Google version. The
street had character ! Now, it is just a sterilized, boring street that looks like any other,
be it in California or New Jersey.