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A Look Back: Historical Photos of Norfolk in the 1910s

Norfolk is a city in Virginia, located on the east coast of the United States. In the 1910s, Norfolk would have been a bustling port city with a growing population and a thriving economy. The city would have been home to a diverse range of people, including sailors, shipyard workers, and merchants. Many of the city’s residents would have been involved in the maritime industry, and the city would have been a major hub for trade and commerce.

In the 1910s, Norfolk’s economy was primarily centered around its port and naval base. The city was a major center for shipbuilding and naval activities, and the large naval base located there employed many people and generated significant economic activity. In addition to its naval and shipbuilding industries, Norfolk was also an important center for commerce and industry. The city had a number of large businesses and factories that produced a wide range of goods, including textiles, tobacco, and food products. Overall, the economy of Norfolk in the 1910s was strong and diverse, with a growing population and a thriving business community.

#1 Monticello Donna Hotel after the fire, 1918

Monticello Donna Hotel after the fire, 1918

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#2 Twin City Motorcycle Club, 1913

Twin City Motorcycle Club, 1913

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#3 Streetcar in Norfolk

Streetcar in Norfolk

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#4 Granby Street looking North.from City Hall Avenue at night, 1918

Granby Street looking North.from City Hall Avenue at night, 1918

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#5 Main Street, Norfolk, 1910

Main Street, Norfolk, 1910

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#6 Raymond Bykes, Western Union No. 23, Norfolk, 1910s

Raymond Bykes, Western Union No. 23, Norfolk, 1910s

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#7 Group of Western Union Messengers in Norfolk, 1911

Group of Western Union Messengers in Norfolk, 1911

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#8 These boys, and others, work in the Chesapeake Knitting Mills, Berkley, 1911

These boys, and others, work in the Chesapeake Knitting Mills, Berkley, 1911

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#9 Dominick, a young Norfolk newsboy. There are too many youngsters selling papers in Norfolk, Virginia, 1911

Dominick, a young Norfolk newsboy. There are too many youngsters selling papers in Norfolk, Virginia, 1911

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#10 Granby Street from the corner of Main Street, Norfolk, 1910s

Granby Street from the corner of Main Street, Norfolk, 1910s

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#11 Granby Street from corner of City Hall Avenue; busy street scene with autos and electric trolleys, 1915.

Granby Street from corner of City Hall Avenue; busy street scene with autos and electric trolleys, 1915.

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#12 Granby Street from the corner of City Hall Avenue, Norfolk, 1915.

Granby Street from the corner of City Hall Avenue, Norfolk, 1915.

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#13 French blue jackets on parade, Norfolk, 1917

French blue jackets on parade, Norfolk, 1917

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#14 Norfolk Main St at Commercial Place, 1910

Norfolk Main St at Commercial Place, 1910

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#15 Ferry Terminal – Portsmouth to Norfolk Ferry

Ferry Terminal - Portsmouth to Norfolk Ferry

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#16 MCPH Streetcar 36 Monticello Hotel, 1912

MCPH Streetcar 36 Monticello Hotel, 1912

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#17 CWPH Railroads Streetcar No. 103 And Bus

CWPH Railroads Streetcar No. 103 And Bus

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#18 Fire Station, 1915

Fire Station, 1915

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#19 Norfolk Fire Department History, 1915

Norfolk Fire Department History, 1915

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#20 Historical.Downtown Sout, 1919

Historical.Downtown Sout, 1919

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#21 Looking South on Granby Street from Tazewell Street, 1918

Looking South on Granby Street from Tazewell Street, 1918

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#22 Looking South on Granby Street from Market Street, 1912

Looking South on Granby Street from Market Street, 1912

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#23 Looking North on Granby Street from City Hall Avenue, 1911

Looking North on Granby Street from City Hall Avenue, 1911

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#24 View looking Northwest, 1910s

View looking Northwest, 1910s

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#25 Looking South or Granby Street from Market Street, 1915

Looking South or Granby Street from Market Street, 1915

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#26 Looking North of Granby Street from City Hall Avenue, 1915

Looking North of Granby Street from City Hall Avenue, 1915

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#27 Norfolk Cotton Factory, 1919

Norfolk Cotton Factory, 1919

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#28 Navy Yard in Norfolk Virginia of a flat car with what looks like a large gun (barrel for a battleship) on top, 1918

Navy Yard in Norfolk Virginia of a flat car with what looks like a large gun (barrel for a battleship) on top, 1918

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#29 United States Naval yard motorized ambulance in Norfolk, Virginia in 1918

United States Naval yard motorized ambulance in Norfolk, Virginia in 1918

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#30 View of the burned-out Monticello Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia, and fire apparatus frosted with icicles.

View of the burned-out Monticello Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia, and fire apparatus frosted with icicles.

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#31 Postal messenger boys wait for deliveries on their bicycles, Norfolk, Virginia, June 1911.

Postal messenger boys wait for deliveries on their bicycles, Norfolk, Virginia, June 1911.

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#32 Newspaper Carriers in Virginia, 1910s

Newspaper Carriers in Virginia, 1910s

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#33 Commercial Place, Norfolk, 1910

Commercial Place, Norfolk, 1910

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#34 Confederate Monument, Norfolk, 1910

Confederate Monument, Norfolk, 1910

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#35 The Harbor, Norfolk, 1910

The Harbor, Norfolk, 1910

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#36 The Harbor, Norfolk, 1910

The Harbor, Norfolk, 1910

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#37 Naval Y.M.C.A., Norfolk, 1910

Naval Y.M.C.A., Norfolk, 1910

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#38 Lafayette Park, Norfolk, 1910

Lafayette Park, Norfolk, 1910

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#39 Union Depot, Norfolk, 1910

Union Depot, Norfolk, 1910

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#40 Norfolk, Va., Bay Line wharf, 1910

Norfolk, Va., Bay Line wharf, 1910

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#41 Every one of these youngsters went into work when the whistle blew, noon June 15, 1911

Every one of these youngsters went into work when the whistle blew, noon June 15, 1911

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#42 Hodges Gallop, Western Union Messenger No. 16, Norfolk, Va. Lives, 201 Freeman Street.

Hodges Gallop, Western Union Messenger No. 16, Norfolk, Va. Lives, 201 Freeman Street.

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#43 Hodges Gallop, Western Union Messenger No. 16, Norfolk, Va. Lives, 201 Freeman Street.

Hodges Gallop, Western Union Messenger No. 16, Norfolk, Va. Lives, 201 Freeman Street.

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#44 These boys, and others, work in the Chesapeake Knitting Mills, 1910s

These boys, and others, work in the Chesapeake Knitting Mills, 1910s

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#45 Granby Street from the corner of City Hall Avenue, Norfolk, 1915.

Granby Street from the corner of City Hall Avenue, Norfolk, 1915.

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#46 Granby Street from the corner of Main Street, Norfolk, 1915

Granby Street from the corner of Main Street, Norfolk, 1915

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#47 French blue jackets on parade, Norfolk, 1917

French blue jackets on parade, Norfolk, 1917

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#48 Camp Sloan for sailors, Convalescent home near Norfolk, 1910s

Camp Sloan for sailors, Convalescent home near Norfolk, 1910s

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#49 convalescent home near Norfolk, 1910s

convalescent home near Norfolk, 1910s

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