Shorpy Saturday – Please-Freeze: 1917

By Jeffrey Buck

It’s hard to say but due to the snow we saw this past week, Winter is near. It sort of has me fearing how cold it may get in the next few weeks so in honor of that fear I give you a shot of what I’m feeling inside. Please don’t get to cold to fast.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Please-Freeze: 1917“:

Detroit circa 1917. “Ice fountain, Washington Boulevard.” The big icicle with a small request, discreetly stated on that unobtrusive little sign near the man: PLEASE. The rest of the message is up to your imagination.



Below is a photo of the Old Cadillac Hotel (The Westin Book Cadillac replaced it in 1924) in 1915. The Edison Headquarters Building can be seen to the left of it. This makes me believe that this is near the corner of State Street and Washington Avenue:

Here is a photo of the area where the fountain may have stood today:


About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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  1. Pingback: Shorpy Saturday – Washington Park: 1907 | The Woodward Spine

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