Today’s throwback Thursday photograph is a shot of State Street in Ithaca, NY taken sometime between 1890 and 1901. The photo looks east along State Street in downtown Ithaca, where the Ithaca Commons is located today. In the 1790s, Simeon DeWitt, the New York State Surveyor General, first surveyed and mapped the area that would become downtown Ithaca. The Commons opened in 1975 as a three-block pedestrian mall and continues to serve as a popular destination for travelers and Ithacans alike.
What is most striking about this photograph is the number of different vignettes it captures. From the painters on their scaffold, to a dog resting in the shade, and the women strolling with their parasols, you get a candid look into an average day in downtown Ithaca circa 1900.