Here's a clear view of the Fashion Livery and Dray which was the anchor of Oak Street at Front Street for so many years. You can see how I confused it with the old Wm. Rand Livery in this view. It's also easy to confuse with the related Fashion Stable around the corner at Oak and First.
As horses were replaced with automobiles as the primary mode of transportation, the Fashion Livery did auto rentals and served as a garage. You've already seen its spectacular demise in 1929.
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How on earth did the tailgate of that wagon not fall off from the weight?
Makes one wonder where they got their hay. Wonder if they purchased it from local valley farmers or had it railed in from up further east?
Look at that wonderful old street light, of sorts. Wonder what the wattage was?
Charlott on 22nd May 2012 @ 7:07am
Well, Arthur, I'm not going to make you feel better and say, "yes, I can see how you confused it with the Rand Livery."
They really don't look much alike. They both have false fronts that look different.
However, because of your photos, that corner in town, has become more than an inconvenience.
It has become historically important.
The first balers were stationary. The hay or straw was carried to the baler and fed into it. But I don't know how the bales were handled. Those bales are huge.
l.e. on 22nd May 2012 @ 7:23am
C'mon, except for the pointy part of the Rand Livery they have a lot in common. And if you don't humor me, I'll schedule a week of nothing but Alva Day pictures of broken electric poles (we have at least a hundred).
Arthur on 22nd May 2012 @ 8:18am
Well, Arthur, I, for one, love these shots and do not need broken electric poles, no matter how well focused they may be!
What I really want to know is: What's a Dray? A carriage?
Kate D on 22nd May 2012 @ 8:34am
dray /dreɪ/ Show Spelled[drey] Show IPA
1. a low, strong cart without fixed sides, for carrying heavy loads.
2. a sledge or sled.
3. any vehicle, as a truck, used to haul goods, especially one used to carry heavy loads.
verb (used with object)
4. to convey on a dray.
Ralph on 22nd May 2012 @ 9:21am
Kate D: when I fist saw reference to ‘dray’ on this site I wondered the same thing.
Dray: A low, heavy cart without sides, used for haulage.
Drayage: In the shipping industry and logistics, drayage is the transport of goods a short distance, often as part of a longer overall move.
Like l.e., I’m not inclined to offer any latitude on this one either.
Jim on 22nd May 2012 @ 9:29am
Arthur, So when I look at the Fashion Stable at First & Oak that you refer to here, off to the right and down the street, I see a roof sticking up behind a building. Is that the roof of the same Livery Building in the picture you posted back on March 9, 2011?...and the same building behind the lady in the Patsy Dewitt picture?
Bill Seaton on 22nd May 2012 @ 11:39am
Yes, Bill, that's the William Rand Livery in all three images.
Arthur on 22nd May 2012 @ 3:02pm
Arthur, is there a chance this is a Benjamin Gifford photo?
l.e. on 22nd May 2012 @ 11:29pm
l.e., I don't think this is by anyone as skilled as Gifford. I can't imaging him composing this image with the electric pole right in the middle of the field.
Arthur on 23rd May 2012 @ 7:46am