What It Looked Like Wednesday: Main Street in postcards

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

Buffalo Stories takes postcards of several parts of Main Street from the past and compares them with current street views.

Two views of Shelton Square, Main at Niagara.

Main no longer intersects with Niagara Street. That portion of Niagara Street was gobbled up by the Main Place complex.


Main at Court

The corner once famous as a stop for the yellow street car to Niagara Falls is now famous for Tim Hortons coffee.


Main at Huron


The Main and Huron intersection has completely changed several times since the days of the horse and buggy.


Main at Chippewa

In the 1950s, from Main and Chippewa, you could see the Harvey & Carey Drug Store, MacDoel’s Nightclub, Whiteman Music shop, and a handful of movie theaters.


The only immediate similarity with today’s view is the restored Shea’s Buffalo marquee.


Main from Tupper


This is nearly the same view from the other direction a few years earlier. It shows Laube’s Old Spain, now Shea’s Smith Theatre, Shea’s Buffalo and the Paramount Theatre.