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Shorpy Saturday – Open Wide: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

How many different dentists can you count?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Open Wide: 1908“:

Open Wide - 1908

Detroit circa 1908. “Grand Circus building.” Named after the large, semicircular park nearby, and home to a curiously high concentration of dentists. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – Grand Rapids: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

I thought we should pay homage to the western part of the state. Sorry for a Monday photo instead of Saturday but the holidays have a tendency to consume time!

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Grand Rapids: 1908“:

Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908. “Canal Street from corner of Monroe.” Merchants vying for your trade include The Giant, Idlehour and People’s Credit Clothing Co. 8×10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – Forever Young: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

Belle Isle has changed a lot over the years. Once a place to escape the hustle and bustle of a city growing rapidly has become a treasure and asset of a city having trouble finding the funds to properly maintain it’s parks and recreation. Luckily this month an event took place that will drastically help Belle Isle’s future. Four non-profit groups, all helping to preserve part of Belle Isle have come together as one. What is to be known as the Belle Isle Conservancy is made up of Belle Isle Women’s Committee, Belle Isle Botanical Society, Friends of Belle Isle and the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium. Continue reading

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Shorpy Saturday – Onward: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

Detroit has made significant strides in revamping one of their most significant assets over the last five years; the river front. The transformation from a once factory ridden deserted polluted stretch of property has turned into a pedestrian friendly path open to bikes & runners with new development of businesses and condos.

This photo unfortunately doesn’t specify as to where this gentleman is driving along the waterfront but anyone can tell that 2011 and 2008 waterfronts are much different. But it also depicts two things that have stood the test of time. The automobile and the tear drop streetlight. Continue reading

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Shorpy Saturday – Advanced Vaudeville: 1912

By Jeffrey Buck

Capital Park just went through a major overhaul. The park got a much needed renovation which added new green space and sidewalks. Once a mjor transportation hub, the park is much more calm after the opening of the new state-of-the-art Rosa Parks’ Terminal. Several building are part of a RFP package being shopped now towards future developers. Let’s hope this great area gets a grand rebirth, it’s one of my favorite places in the city.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Advanced Vaudeville: 1912“:

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Shorpy Saturday – The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907

By Jeffrey Buck

One of our treasures that is available for weddings and other special events on Belle Isle is the Casino. The website Detroit1701.org does an excellent job of describing its history:

“This is not one of Detroit’s gambling casinos. When Belle Isle was developed into one of the nation’s most attractive urban parks, a Queen Anne-style casino building was erected in 1887. This appealing, gabled wood structure was designed by John Donaldson and Henry Meier. Similar to quite a few of the city’s nineteenth century buildings, it was razed by fire.

“Albert Kahn designed the Casino that replaced the previous one. He designed it to provide views of the Detroit River and Canada, and to be an eating-place where patrons would be cooled by breezes in the era long before air conditioning. The style likely reflects architectural ideas flowing from Kahn’s trip to Italy since it is a Renaissance Revival Building constructed from brick with a terra cotta roof. Note the two-story arcaded veranda with its graceful and soothing arches. And then there are the two impressive and high decorated square towers that Kahn designed for the Detroit side of this Casino.”

Architects: Van Leyen & Schilling

Date of Completion: 1908

Style: Renaissance Revival

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907“:

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Shorpy Saturday – Detroit Publishing: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

This is who we can thank for the majority of these great photographs. Below is a little more information on them via Yale:

“The Detroit Photographic Company began as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s. The founders, Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingston, Jr., and photographer and photopublisher Edwin H. Husher, obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss color photolithography “Photochrom” process. This process permitted the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. In 1897 William Henry Jackson became a partner in the firm, adding thousands of negatives to the inventory, some taken as early as the 1870s. In 1905 the company changed its name to the Detroit Publishing Company. It went into receivership in 1924, and liquidated its assets in 1932.”

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Detroit Publishing: 1910“:

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