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The Interurban Line, 1920
Hosted by Ezios Restaurant, 180 S. Broadway
The perspective of the painting is the view north on Broadway to State Street. The Interurban, also known as Stark Electric, Railway tracks are pictured prominently, in the center of the street. It must be a Saturday morning, because all the horses are waiting patiently with their carriages for their owners to return from shopping. There were three different railway lines in Salem at the time, and it was quite easy to travel from Salem to Alliance, Canton, Youngstown, Cleveland, or just around town, with no need for an automobile or the more traditional mode of travel at the time—horse and carriage.
The central structure on the left side is the Oriental Store, which carried all sorts of household goods including tea and china from basic to quite fancy. Bertha Kenreich, soon to become Mrs. Charles Burchfield, worked there as a clerk. The space was later used by Strouss Hirshberg’s, a full-service department store for many decades.
Photo of the Oriental Company, located on South Broadway, about 1920.
Image from Salem News Yesteryears, April 24, 2001