Throwback Thursday Photograph, Omaha 1868

Today’s Throwback Thursday photo takes way, way back to August 1868 to the northwest corner of 13th and Douglas Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Several employees of the Omaha Daily Herald pose in the second-floor windows of the newspaper’s offices. The Omaha Daily Herald began publication in October 1865. In 1889, it was absorbed by the Omaha Daily World to form the Omaha Daily World-Herald.

Northwest corner 13th and Douglas, Omaha, August 1868

Here are a few fun details revealed when the image was scanned in the NSHS Digital Imaging Lab:

The stripped barber’s pole on the corner is squared and not round.


The Omaha Cigar Factory had a wooden Indian outside their door. 

Cigar store

Several pairs of pants and shirts hanging from the store’s awning of Leopold May Wholesale Clothing.


L. Woodworth’s business had an impressively long title.


Are you curious what the corner of 13th and Douglas looks like today? 

Check out the Google Street view.

There appears to be a wooden speaker’s platform built outside the Republican Headquarters.


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