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What It Looked Like Wednesday: Main approaching Chippewa, 1950

A glistening nighttime shot of Buffalo’s “Great White Way,” better known now as the Main Street Theater District.

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The most famous lights of the strip would have been captured had the photographer turned around. Behind him are the neon and incandescent glows of Shea’s Buffalo, Laube’s Old Spain, the Hippodrome, the Town Casino and more.

All of the signs and most of the buildings visible near the corner of Main and Chippewa in this photo from 66 years ago were replaced by banking high rises in the ’80s and ’90s.

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