Shorpy Saturday – Hot Water: 1905

By Jeffrey Buck

As we welcome the cold weather into the state let’s not forget the water heater. Heck, even if it isn’t cold we still rely on this invention heavily. Here are a few water heaters in a Detroit storefront back in 1905. I especially enjoyed this sign in the photograph:

is not a part of the
Automatic Water Heater
It simply takes the place
of some person standing
here opening and closing
the faucet…

Also be sure to look at the reflection in the window.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Hot Water: 1905“:

Detroit circa 1905. “Detroit City Gas Company office, heater.” Note the photographer or his assistant holding the drape. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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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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