Shorpy Saturday – Woodward Avenue: 1917

By Jeffrey Buck

There was a time when storefronts in downtown Detroit were filled by boutiques and department stores alike. As time has gone on, malls and other outlets opened up around the region that made shopping more convenient–while also drying out the retail market downtown. I’ve often wondered what it was like to window shop back then when Detroit was on the rise and downtown was still bustling with people.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Woodward Avenue: 1917.“:

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1917. “Looking up Woodward Avenue.” Dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


For your viewing pleasure, here’s what that area looks like today:



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