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27 Rare Photos That Show Commercial Buildings of Ohio in the Early 1900s

These amazing photographs from Special Collections Research Center that depicted commercial buildings in rural northwestern Ohio with recently installed Central Union Telephone Company phones. The Central Union Telephone Company brought local and long distance calling to commercial buildings and advertised the new service with signage.

Signs for Central Union can be seen in these photographs, and they could have been used as a way to document their placement. There are a variety of commercial buildings present in the photographs, as well as, telephone poles, merchant's signs, displays of goods, customers, horse drawn wagons, and bicycles.

Front view of three-story building with Piper's Grocery storefront at street level

Front view of two-story building

House with telephone pole

Lease & Twining storefront

Single-story commercial building housing the office of 'W.E. Chapple, Notary Public and Farm Loans'

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27 Rare Photos That Show Commercial Buildings of Ohio in the Early 1900s

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