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:

THIS MACHINE
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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