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Construction of G. Fox & Co. New Building
1917
Photography; gelatin silver print on paper
Primary Dimensions (height x width): 10 x 8in. (25.4 x 20.3cm) and smaller
Credit Line: Gift of the children of Richard and Georgette Koopman
Description: Views of construction of the eleven-story G. Fox & Co. department store building on Main Street, Hartford, from the laying of the foundation, through the completion of the building. Highlights include (.99) horses pulling a wagon, men digging the foundation, and the use of a steam shovel labeled "TYPD-O THE THEW AUTOMATIC SHOVEL CO LORAIN O / JAMES MILLER JR / CONTRACTOR / WEST HARTFORD / CONN"; (.106) views from Main Street of the Woolworth building and the steel structure of G. Fox & Co. with a sign that reads "THIS ENTIRE FIREPROOF BUILDING / WILL BE OCCUPIED BY / G. FOX & COMPANY / TEMPORARY STORES / PRATT, TRUMBULL & CHURCH STS." Men and women walk along the street and two men are painting a sign on the side of an awning overhanging the sidewalk; and (.119) a view of Main Street that includes the Brown Thomson & Co. building with window displays of women's clothing. Cars and horses with carts are along the side of the street and utility poles and wires are visible.
Inscription: Some photographs are marked with the date on recto. 2007.24.95 and 2007.24.96 handwritten on verso in black ink, "This picture was taken Feb. 14 1917 / AL Washburn C.E."
Object Number: 2007.24.95-.137
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