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    • Waterman Globe

    • n.d.
    • The Waterman Globe as it looked in the lobby of the Waterman Steamship Company's building, ca. 1950. Believed to have been built by Rand McNally, the globe was a scaled-to-size replica of the Earth. It revolved every two minutes, was twelve feet in...
    • McGill High School,

    • n.d.
    • The interior of a McGill Institute classroom. Constructed in 1896, McGill was a high school for Catholic boys. It was named after Arthur McGill, a shoe store owner who had left the money for the school's construction in his will. For more than...
    • Hurricane Frederic

    • 1979
    • Except for a brief time, this statue of Admiral Raphael Semmes has stood at the corner of Government and Royal streets in Mobile, Alabama, since it was erected in 1900. Here it lies on its back after being toppled by the winds of Hurricane Frederic...
    • Jewish Temple,

    • n.d.
    • Built in 1846, this structure originally housed a congregation of Universalists. It was located on Jackson Street between St. Michael and St. Louis streets. Not popular in Mobile, membership in the Universalists declined and in 1853 the group...
    • Riverboat Apollo,

    • n.d.
    • The 161-foot Apollo was a popular excursion boat. It was built in 1864 for use in Boston Harbor and brought to Mobile in 1904. It remained an active source of transportation until the 1916 hurricane impaired its ability to sail.
    • Government Street

    • 1904
    • Government Street, Mobile, Alabama, looking east toward the river. The Benz courthouse is on the left. It was Mobile's fourth courthouse and stood from 1889 to 1957. Its ornate statuary would fall victim to the hurricanes that periodically visit...
    • Post Office,

    • n.d.
    • This postcard shows the main Mobile, Alabama, post office not long after it was completed in 1914. Built in the classical revival style, the building was located on St. Joseph Street. It was demolished in 1968.
    • Big Zion Church

    • 1949
    • Mobile, Alabama's Big Zion Church dates from the early 1840s, when it was known as Little Zion Church. Located at the corner of Church and Dearborn streets, the church was initially used by slaves. The church changed its name after renovations were...
    • Providence Hospital

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    • The exterior of the old Providence Hospital on Springhill Avenue in Mobile, Alabama. The hospital was originally located at Broad and St. Anthony streets and opened in 1855. Along with the people of Mobile, it eventually moved west in 1902 to its...
    • Tiny Diny

    • c. 1960
    • The Tiny Diny, so named for the size of its original restaurant, first opened in Mobile, Alabama, in 1952. Some years later it relocated to larger headquarters and remained a staple of the community until it closed in 2012.
    • Barton Academy

    • n.d.
    • Located on Government Street, Barton Academy was the first public school in the state of Alabama. It was the brainchild of community leaders such as Henry Hitchcock and Willoughby Barton, who believed Mobile was the most important city in the...
    • Hurricane Frederic

    • 1979
    • Hurricane Frederic struck Mobile on the night of September 12-13, 1979. It left $2.3 billion dollars worth of damage in its wake. It was the worst storm to strike the city since the hurricane of 1916. This image shows the power of the storm as...
    • Fish Catch

    • n.d.
    • Whether or not these men with the Southern Express Company caught the fish in this photograph has been lost to history, but there's no doubt, it's a nice haul. This image was taken ca. 1910.
    • Strand Theatre,

    • 1918
    • In 1918 the Strand Theatre was located at 11 North Conception, G. R. McKenzie president and manager. That year it advertised its "moving pictures." Admission cost a dime and the theatre showed The Eleventh Commandment, directed by Ralph Ince and...
    • Downtown Theatre

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    • Traffic flows past the Downtown Theatre on Government Street, ca. 1974. By then the downtown area was looking rather seedy, as Mobilians bypassed it and moved into the western sections of the city. In recent years the area has seen a resurgence.


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