Monday, March 19, 2012
House on Ninth Street Then & Now
Every once in a while I go on Ebay to see if there are any interesting Lorain postcards. This one (above) is on there right now.
It's a vintage photo of someone's house in Lorain, that was mailed as a postcard and postmarked July 25, 1907. In this case, a woman named Elsie Kratt sent it to a friend in Findlay, Ohio. She wrote, "Had this taken the other day, do you think it looks any better than it did when you were here?" She also identified the boy on the porch as Oscar.
It only took a couple of minutes in the library to find Elsie Kratt (a music teacher) in the 1912 city directory, living at 1054 Ninth Street. And it only took a few more minutes to drive up Ninth Street to grab this shot on sunny Saturday (below).
It's still a stately house, although there have been a lot of architectural changes since Oscar posed for the photographer more than a hundred years ago.