Comic card showing
what two drunks see
One of the buildings you
will see in many of these cards is the Pickering Building. That is
the building you can see in the distance on the southeast corner of Main. This
structure was well known because of the huge advertising signs that were placed
on the roof. Of course there is the imposing Post Office building on the left
side in the distance, (the street in front of it is known as government square).
The Traction Building is the tall building on the right on
the southeast corner of Walnut. The building on the southwest corner of Walnut
was known as the Johnston Building. Of course there is the Albee Theater on the
south side of Fifth St. You will see the sign for Peebles, "Dealers in
Staple and Fancy Groceries, and Importers of Wine, Cigars." His store in
Walnut Hills was so famous the area it was located is now called Peebles Corner.
I have had the photograph below hanging on my wall for many years. I thought it was about time I shared it with the rest of you.
Not a postcard
Night Views Day View
Four real photos
For almost a century, the Tyler Davidson Fountain stood in the middle of Fifth Street with traffic running on either side. By the 60's this configuration not only obstructed traffic, but was considered "old fashioned." On October 18, 1969, after 3 years of construction, the new Fountain Square was dedicated. The Tyler Davidson Fountain was moved into the area where Mabley & Carew once stood, moved 30' west and rotated 180 degrees so that it faced west.
SOME FOUNTAIN FACTS
Total Height of the bronze fountain-38 feet
Total weight of the bronze fountain-24 tons
Height of the central figure-9 feet
Weight of the central figure-2 tons
Weight of the circular basin and base of the fountain-85 tons
The bronze used was from a huge cannon purchased from the Danish Government
Cost to Henry Probasco for the fountain-$105,000
Cost of the esplanade and accessories to the city-$75,000
Dimension of the original esplande-400 feet long by 60 wide
This was the first fountain in the world to dispense ice water for drinking, which was cooled in an underground ice cellar
There are 438 holes in each hand of the central figure for the shower of water
IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT SQUARE CARDS