1800's photos with threadless

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1800's photos with threadless

Postby Chris Minicola » Wed May 23, 2012 8:01 am

Let's see your threadless-era photographs. I'll start out with a few I have. Here's one of St. Thomas, Ontario from 1875 - looking East down Talbot Street, from Stanley Street. There is a very close-up view of a late threadless-era pole with what looks like either a 740 style or a short 742 on top, a definite 742 on the right side pin and possibly an EC&M on the left lower side pin.

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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby Chris Minicola » Wed May 23, 2012 8:04 am

Next is Richmond Street, London, 1860. I see 4 poles and each has 7 threadless CD 740's on them :shock:

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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby Chris Minicola » Wed May 23, 2012 8:14 am

Here's another - this was for sale on Ebay a few years back and I grabbed a copy of the listing. There was no location information or year but I would say 1870's at the latest. You can see the name of a street and a Montreal Telegraph sign (these are very rare, I've not heard of one surviving, I think they were made of wood so likely none or very few survived) You can also see clearly a nice 742 on the closest pole and 3 more threadless on the pole in the back.

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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby Chris Minicola » Wed May 23, 2012 9:02 am

Last one for today. This is a crop of a photo from McGill St, Montreal.

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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby CliMac » Wed May 23, 2012 7:51 pm

Dang, somebody was picking the glass off the poles back in the day! :lol:

Awesome photos Chris, I have had a really tough time finding any vintage photos from the threadless era with recognizable glass.
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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby CliMac » Wed May 23, 2012 11:06 pm

Chris Minicola wrote:There was no location information or year but I would say 1870's at the latest.

Might be Dundas Street in Napanee. The sign across the street looks like it says 'F W Smith'...

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...so from the 1877 edition of The Belleville directory : to which is added a directory of Napanee, Trenton and Brighton, containing alphabetical, miscellaneous, classified business lists of the four above-named places and a general miscellaneous directory...

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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby Chris Minicola » Thu May 24, 2012 8:50 am

Nice detective work Cliff! I think you probably nailed it. I had always assumed what looks like a street sign that you can see partially was for a street named "Cashsto***" street, but I can't find anything about that in the directory which I ended up finding online at archive.org. I've searched for this partial street name before but came up empty, so now I"m thinking it's a sign for something else. Going from memory this was a canadian Ebay listing, but I didn't make a note of the listing itself. I'd say we can be 99% sure this is Napanee, Ontario.
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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby gerrypocha » Fri May 25, 2012 3:26 am

Oh wow! 7 sidebrackets of 740 threadless on a single pole. Ive never seen that kind of line construction before from any era, its amazing surreal stuff. Thanks for sharing...
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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby cdnbeehive » Sat May 26, 2012 8:18 am

The corner of Sparks and Elgin in Ottawa, 1874 or 1875. I think I see 742's and 740's on the pole in the foreground. Lots of glass on that one pole for sure!
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Re: 1800's photos with threadless

Postby cdnbeehive » Sat May 26, 2012 8:22 am

Same spot today...
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