Shorpy Saturday – Pardridge & Blackwell: 1915

By Jeffrey Buck

I always imagine what it must have been like to shop downtown Detroit in its heyday around the Holidays. I’ve seen photos of window displays at Hudson’s and while studying in Europe got to see some great interactive and moving displays. Indoor mall shopping isn’t anything magical but with the recent success of pop-up shops downtown I hope to see a vibrant shopping experience downtown soon!

Blackwell - 1915

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Pardridge & Blackwell: 1915“:Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. “Pardridge & Blackwell department store.” Many interesting details lurking in the corners here; note the phantom streetcar on the left and billboard advertising “Death-Daring Drivers” in a 24-hour auto race on the right. 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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