The Sixth Street Market House, two blocks long between Vine Street and Western Row (Central Avenue), was actually two markets. one for meat, poultry and dairy products and the other was filled with flower stalls. The Flower Market, Constructed in 1896, was demolished in 1949 for use as a metered parking area. The Meat Market had, at its height, 111 stands outside and 64 stands inside the building. Built in 1895 it was demolished in 1960 to allow access to the Mill Creek Expressway (I-75). A watered down version of the market moved one block north to George Street for a while but did not last long. The first non-postcard image is an early version of the Meat Market. The second, postcard image, is a later view. The 3rd image is the photograph used for the postcard.
In 1890 Mary E. Holroyd bequeathed $10,000 to the city for a flower market to be built as a memorial to her first husband, Jabez Elliott. The city accepted her bequest and a tract of land down the center of West Sixth Street between Elm and Plum was used for the structure. Dedicated in 1892 this building was considered to be the nation's largest indoor market exclusively used for flowers. For years this was the scene of dahlia, carnation, and other flower shows and displays by members of Cincinnati's Florists' Society which held their meetings on the second floor.
These are not postcards
The first card below is of the Pearl Street Growers Market located between Broadway and Sycamore Sts. Pearl Street was between 2nd. and 3rd. Sts. The Pearl Street Market was known as the "lower market" and the market at Fifth and Main as the "upper market" (see information on this market on the Fountain Square section of the Streets Page). The first public market was established between Main and Sycamore in 1804. This was superceded in 1816 by the Growers' Market. Of course this whole area was razed for the construction of Fort Washington Way. The next card shows the Court Street Market which was located between Vine and Walnut Streets. It was in operation from the mid-1860s until it was condemned by the Board of Health in 1912. It was demolished 2 years later. Beneath it was a series of tunnels that was used in the early days as hog runs and in 1884 was used as a refuge by the residents during the court house riots.
These are not postcards
Pearl Street Market-1900 Court Street Market
The 2nd image above is a painting of the Court Street Market in 1860 when it was known as the Canal Market.
Findlay is located between Elm and Race Sts. on Elder in the area known as Over-The-Rhine. Begun in 1852 it is the last remaining municipal market building in Cincinnati. Named after General James Findlay (1770-1836), a veteran of the War of 1812 who was also mayor of Cincinnati. He was a major land speculator in the area and had intended to start a farmers market on Elder Street but died before he was able to. After his wife died in 1847, the executers of the estate decided to donate the Elder Street site for a public market to be named after the General. Findlay Market was the only market, out of the seven then in existence, not to be located in the heart of the city near the Ohio River. It was recognized that a market was sorely needed in the northern part of the basin. Findlay Market was constructed of iron and it became one of the first iron market buildings in the United States. Construction was completed and fully opened by 1855. The first non-postcard image in the row below shows the market in 1921 while the other color views are fairly recent.
Findlay Street Market
R.P. Harrison Market House
This "Mailomat" card was sent from Cincinnati
Largest flag then in existence (50' x 101'). Shown at Vogeler Drug Co.
217-219-221-223-225 East Sixth Street.
The Admiral Cafe also got into the act with this double card
There have been many naval ships named Cincinnati, below are two of them plus a card showing the crew of one of them.
The next three cards show what the beginnings of Cincinnati looked like.
The image below shows the actual Strobridge print that was used in making the center card above. You will be able to read the numbered points of interest easier.
A rural scene
College Hill Lot #31 Lots #31 & #32
The full title of these cards are "Lot #31 in Newbold L. Pierson's subdivision of the John R. Davey property, College Hill, Ohio. You can't find its equal, and A beautiful place for a home. Lots #31 and 32 in Etc.
SOME SPECIAL CHICKENS
This Cheviot Farm must have been world famous in the poultry world. Having at least three postcards made of six of their champion fouls with a total worth of $50,000 is rather noteworthy.
The above postcard shows 4 first place ribbons won at the 1913 Ohio State fair for the winners poultry. The $100 check is made out to Cincinnati's Fifth-Third Bank. Could it have been for the Cheviot Farm above?
Saw Mill-West End Picturesque View, Kings Mills
Exploiting the Graves of The Mound Builders. Madisonville
Harry Guilford's buried alive record
Scenes in Mt. Healthy
This card says these people are attending an International Convention in Cincinnati in what appears to be March of 1910, that is all it says. I have no idea what convention it was. Each person (except #12) is identified by name. There is a second number after the name, but what it signifies I have no clue. Thanks to visitor Scot Ross I now know that this organization was known as The Metal Polishers', Buffers', Platers', Brass and Silver Workers' Union of North America. Their bulletin was printed in Cincinnati with offices in the Neave Building. The second image shows the label they used on their products.
Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language in the world. There are between 100,000 and 2 million people who have used Esperanto continuously over the last century. There are many Esperanto dictionaries on the web so if you want to try and decipher these cards, good luck! These were all produced by the same person. He lived at 3449 Wilson Avenue in Avondale, 1 block east of the Zoo.
UNITED STATES POSTAL CARD
Many people seem to be confused between what is a postal card and what is a post card. I have chosen the above card to show the difference between them. A postal card is a government issued card with the stamp already imprinted on it. There are a group of cards printed from 1893-1898 known as Pioneer cards. They are mostly illustrations of the Columbian Exposition In Chicago in May of 1893, but there are other scattered issues. They were on Government issued postal cards and on privately printed souvenir cards.
These two items are examples advertising envelopes that was used extensively in the 1800's and early 1900's. The use of postcards drastically reduced the use of this type of advertising.
There are many postcards that have errors on them, most of which are printing errors of some kind, (such as incorrect location, misspelled words, incorrect descriptions etc. Postcards are cut from larger pieces containing many images from the printing press. You will find many cards with the image misaligned slightly but the first card is an example of a badly cut card that I am surprised in that it not only got into the market place, but was actually sold and used. The user of the card made no comment in her message and apparently saw nothing out of place. The second card was not used and, as you can see on the back, the printer was printing cards for two different publishers from the same sheet.
It is pretty obvious what is wrong with the second card when you place it next to the first. During printing it missed the pass where the blue color was applied. By itself it does not look that bad and it was many years before I actually looked closely and compared it to another card. They are identical cards (you can see the number in the bottom right corner).
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