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Main Street South-"Silent Cops"
This photo of East Main Street South (Southeast 1st Street today), looking south from University Avenue, shows a planter in the middle of the intersection. The U.S. Post Office (the Hippodrome Theater today) is at the south end of East Main, and we are able to see the buildings on the east side of Courthouse Square. This postcard is addressed to "Mother"; the message says "All streets are real wide, our silent cops are down in pavement, doesn't show any on this postal unless at base of lower vase in picture." A search for the definition of "silent cops" in the "Oxford English Dictionary" (2nd Edition, 1989) says that it is an Australian term from the 1930s and it refers to "a circle in the middle of cross-roads…a method of regulating traffic" —there couldn't have been many Australians in Gainesville at that time. This undated postcard was copied with the permission of Archie L. Jackson.
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