arcades a century ago

Colourized version of a c1901 photograph of the world famous Cleveland Arcade

Toronto. Arcades were the malls of yesteryear. Here in the big smoke I remember the Colonade on Bloor and the Arcade near the bottom of Yonge on the east side. This photo is the Arcade in Cleveland c 1901. It was designed after a famous “arcade” in Milan. The nine story structure in downtown Cleveland  is now part of a Hotel.

A big thanks to fellow PHSC member and past president, Les Jones, who sent me a lengthy string of old photos, mostly American. The segment including this Cleveland Arcade is from the Middleboro Review et al website on BlogSpot and its blog on “Marvellous Early American Photography“. A sampling of other photo cut lines suggests most are from Pinterest.

Once again we see there is nothing new under the sun, just improved/changed ways.

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