This is what 1900 Franklin looked like in 1943. Which, to be sure, seems a lot like what 1900 Franklin would have looked like in 1870 or so.
A horse-drawn carriage in 1943? Weren't people driving boxy Ford trucks by that time?
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The photo comes from the great Shorpy historical photo archive site. They don't have a hell of a lot of Houston stuff, but apparently the city was too busy making the transition from horses to gas-powered vehicles to spend a whole lot of time taking pictures.
Here's what the area looks like these days:
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Hey. where can a guy get some bananas around here?