Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Closer Look at a Photo of the Feick Building in 1910

Sandusky photographer E.H. Schlessman took this photograph of a portion of the Feick Building in 1910. Though the picture is torn, it is interesting to see a slice of life from an earlier time in our community. From about 1910 to 1915, the Mayer Lebensburger Company, which sold men’s clothing, and the Sandusky Business College both were in operation in the Feick Building on East Market Street. The Mayer Lebensburger store occupied the street level of 154 to 162 East Market Street. The Sandusky Business College held classes on the third floor of the Feick Building, which only had three stories at that time. The automobile in from the Mayer Lebensburger store had a convertible top, and the tail light and headlights were lanterns, possibly fueled with kerosene.

The poster in the store window was advertising an event to take place on Thursday, August 10. The lady pictured below is looking at another poster in the men’s clothing store, where several pairs of trousers are displayed.

On the second floor, we can see a man, presumably working at his desk.

By 1916, the Mayer Lebensburger Company went out of business, and the Sandusky Business College eventually moved to 403 East Adams Street. Of course, the Feick Building later had a total of eight stories, and many other businesses were in operation there. The Citizens Banking Company was in business at the Feick Building for several decades. Because of the generosity of many donors, the Sandusky Library Archives Center has a rich collection of historic photographs, scrapbooks, books, and other primary resources which help us learn about the past residents of Sandusky and Erie County.


Barbara Gilbert said...

I've been wondering what happened to the Erie County Credit Bureau that was on the 8th floor of the Feick Building?

Ed Daniel said...

I still remember, as a boy of 7 or 8, in the early 1940's, walking into the Citizens Bank lobby on the ground floor of the Feick Bldg to deposit my nickels and dimes to buy World War II savings stamps that I could eventually turn into a savings bond to do my part for the war effort. Later, in my high school years, I was lucky enough to get a summer job, working as a laborer for contractor Ed Feick, building the Ford dealership that still is located on Perkins Ave, west of Milan Road.