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.