Shorpy Saturday – Made by Maul: 1913

By Jeffrey Buck

If there is one things that these pictures each Saturday have taught me it’s that Americans work outfits have drastically changed over the years. Clothing in general has evolved over the years but styles seem to resurface at some point or another. These men pictured below are dressed as if they were lawyers, bankers, etc. Granted not all of them are dressed in suits but I would have to believe that stone workers in 2012 are not going to wear ties and hats to the job site, but I have been wrong.

I envy these men of 1913 and their style. I often wish I lived during a time when wearing a hat was expected and people didn’t shop in slippers. I like to be comfortable but I also like to have a little bit of sophistication when I dress. Clothes were quality, tailored and classic. On another note I think Pavel Datsyuk’s long lost uncle is leaning on the stone in a suit just to the right of the sign.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Made by Maul: 1913“:

Detroit circa 1913. “Maul stone yard.” Plus: a cigar factory, coal car and “dignified credit.” 8×10 inch 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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