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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 – Stag Swim: 1903

By Jeffrey Buck

The summer is drawing to a close. Enjoy a timeless photo of youth enjoying the waters at Belle Isle.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Stag Swim: 1903“:

Stag Swim - 1903

 

Detroit circa 1903. “Swimming pool, Belle Isle Park, evidently.” No girls allowed. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – Tailgate Gourmet: 1960

By Jeffrey Buck

Football is upon us; both college and NFL. Along with football comes the tradition of tailgating before games across the country. Nothing says football like an old station-wagon sitting in The Big House filled with all those tasty foods.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Tailgate Gourmet: 1960“:

Tailgate Gourmet - 1960

 

Fall 1960. A Kodachrome by our old friend Arthur Rothstein, taken for the Look magazine assignment “Tailgate Gourmets.” “Food for tailgate picnics displayed in the backs of station wagons, including a Ford Country Squire, a Dodge Lancer, and a Pontiac Bonneville Safari parked in a football stadium. Also images of a couple wearing raccoon coats standing next to their Dodge Lancer.”

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Shorpy Saturday – Traffic Ahead: 1901

By Jeffrey Buck

Woodward has changed drastically over the years. It’s been widened. It’s had street cars. It once was mainly residential. It’s a special road and continues to evolve today. M-1 RAIL is currently under construction and WA3 is working hard to preserve and showcase this historic avenue.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Traffic Ahead: 1901“:

Traffic Ahead - 1901

Detroit circa 1901. “Woodward and Farnsworth Avenues.” The future Motor City on the cusp of the Motor Century. 8×10 inch glass negative.

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Here is a look at Woodward Avenue at Farnsworth Street in Detroit (Midtown, Cultural District) today via Google Street View:

Traffic Ahead - 2014

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Shorpy Saturday – YWCA: 1906

By Jeffrey Buck

Enjoy the cars down Woodward today and a little historic architecture through a dazzling photo.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “YWCA: 1906“:

YWCA - 1906

 

Circa 1906. “Y.W.C.A. building, Detroit.” Once again the interesting stuff is at the periphery — note signage at right advertising Cracker Jack and the services of a “bell hanger.” 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

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Shorpy Saturday – Union Trust: 1906

By Jeffrey Buck

I want to first apologize for the long hiatus; It’s been a busy few weeks. There has been a lot of buzz lately with all of the renovations and new construction going on in Downtown and Midtown. The announcement of the new hockey arena probably being the biggest. Work continues on the David Whitney Building and Woodward is shut down in several spots for the M-1 Rail. It’s an exciting time for the city and the region.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Union Trust: 1906“:

Union Trust - 1906

 

 

1906. “Union Trust Building, Detroit.” Romanesque Revival wedding cake at Griswold and Congress that went up in 1896, came down in 1956.

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Shorpy Saturday – Central Savings: 1905

By Jeffrey Buck

If you have ever taken a drive down some of the busiest streets in the “D” then you must have noticed by now that the buildings that once housed banks have taken on a new life.  I’ve seen things from pawn shops to Chinese take-outs to night clubs. The Central Savings Bank is somewhere along Grand River, it may have been demolished or it may still be standing. What’s you favorite re-purpose of an old bank?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Central Savings: 1905“:

Central Savings - 1905

 

Detroit circa 1905. “Central Savings Bank, Grand River Avenue branch.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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