Wondering what Findlay looks like?
(Click the pix to enlarge)
Here's Main Street in 1915, looking North.
And a later view:
This shows a drug store, but I can't quite make out the name, looks like Findlay _____ Drugs. Patterson's Department Store is on the left, with JC Penney's on the right of the drugstore.
Patterson's was founded in 1850.
I didn't find any info on Patterson's online, but someday google will scan this book:
|Title||Pattersons': A History of Retailing in Findlay, Ohio, 1911-1949, Part 2|
|Publisher||Bowling Green State University, 1951|
And here's a later view of Main Street looking south:
This colorful view above features GALLAHER DRUGS drugstore. I found many newspaper ads for Gallaher's, but no other history online.
And now an earlier view of South Main Street:
This one shows The National store, E. C. Miller Dentist with a wonderful molar tooth shaped trade sign. There's also a printer with a sign that says BERGMAN, and the Victory Theatre.
I'll bet The National store is covered in the above mentioned book on Retailing in Findlay, but no info found online.
Several generations of the Miller family were dentists, keeping offices on main street for almost 100 yrs, approx. 1866 to 1986, when the last practicing Miller retired (his son broke the chain). The above signed E.C. Miller was the 2nd generation. [Source]
The Victory Theater survived from 1908-28 at 230 S. Main St., bankruptcy forcing the owners out of business. The finale show there was Charlie Chaplin as "The Fireman." [Source]
Yet another view of South Main Street, featuring the Phoenix Hotel, at night:
Findlay Antique Bottle Club
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