Detail of Vintage Birmingham Postcard, c.1905
Frank O'Brien built the O'Brien Opera House in 1882. The building was designed for "mix-use" - the ground floor was retail space (look closely and you'll see the sign for George Pappa's saloon). The second floor housed the theater for traveling troupes. The upper floors was used as hotel. By the time this photo was taken, O'Brien had sold the building to another company who renamed it the "Gayety Theater". The building was declared unsafe in 1911 and torn down in 1915. Saks Clothier is...
2nd Avenue, looking East (detail 4), Birmingham, Alabama
I like to look at these old photographs and try to imagine what life was like. Since everyone is dressed for cold weather, it must be winter in Birmingham. Bicycles were a major form of transportation during turn-of-the-century America and Birmingham was no exception, as you can see the three bicycles in this picture. Adams Drug Store is now a vacant lot.