Early 1900s Watchmaker Storefront - Wisconsin

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  1. Noel Poirier

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    I came across this great image in the University of Wisconsin's Digital Collection. The description reads:

    "F. W. Seidl, Watchmaker, Jeweler & Optician" was located at 818 South Eighth Street (Manitowoc) since 1875. The photograph was taken by Hermann C. Benke. Seidl began in the agricultural implements business with Dan Bleser in the 1880's and opened the jewelry store by 1894. His family lived above the store. Note the clock with the name Seidl on the pole outside the building and on the right side awning. Notice the pair of glasses hanging below the clock and also the pair of glasses over the entrance to the building.

    Love the displays in the windows and the whole feel of this. :)

    Noel

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  2. Les harland

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    Does the building still exist?
     
  3. Noel Poirier

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    This is it today...

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  4. Les harland

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    Thanks Noel
    The shop front is still recognisable one hundred and twenty years later
     
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    Thanks for sharing, Noel. I've always found it interesting that jewelers/watchmakers were also opticians, and Mr. Seidl had also been involved in selling agricultural implements. Talk about a jack of all trades! Not only was F.W. Seidl involved in all these business ventures, he also held patents on jewelry/jewelry store items as well as agricultural attachments.
     
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    Looking at those guys, wouldn't want to meet most of them in an alley, rough looking bunch of jewelers. Wish I had pictures of my great, great grandfathers business in New York in the late 1800's, who knows what happened to all of the family pictures
     

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