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By Jeffrey Buck

Holiday window shopping hasn’t been the same in Detroit since the Hudson’s flagship store closed over 25 years ago. Well, that’s all about to change as the Somerset Collection retailers transform several windows along Woodward in what has been dubbed ‘Once Upon a Holiday.’

Holiday shoppers and downtown pedestrians will be delighted to see that both sides of Woodward between Grand River and Witherell will have their window displays transformed by such retailers as GAP, Pottery Barn, 7 For All Mankind, Sephora, Eddie Bauer, Kiehl’s, Willmas-Sonoma and more.

The Sommerset Collection and Bedrock Real Estate are are asking for the public’s help to identify the best window display. The voting period has already begun and will end on Friday, December 20. The displays are part of Holiday DLight: Made in Detroit and all visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite display by clicking here.

The winning display will be crowned on Monday, December 23 and the first 1,000 people to vote will receive a voucher for a free cupcake from Just Baked.

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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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Shorpy Saturday – Hot Water: 1905

By Jeffrey Buck

As we welcome the cold weather into the state let’s not forget the water heater. Heck, even if it isn’t cold we still rely on this invention heavily. Here are a few water heaters in a Detroit storefront back in 1905. I especially enjoyed this sign in the photograph:

THIS MACHINE
is not a part of the
Automatic Water Heater
It simply takes the place
of some person standing
here opening and closing
the faucet…

Also be sure to look at the reflection in the window.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Hot Water: 1905“:

Detroit circa 1905. “Detroit City Gas Company office, heater.” Note the photographer or his assistant holding the drape. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – Up Woodward: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

The past week was a little hectic for me and I felt bad for not getting a chance to post a new Shorpy photograph, bad enough to find time to post one for a special Shorpy Monday. Pleas enjoy and I hope all that holiday shopping isn’t dragging you down!

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Up Woodward: 1908“:

Detroit circa 1908. “Up Woodward Avenue from Grand Circus Park.” A record number of “moonlight tower” arc lamp standards on view here. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Here is a photo near the area where the photo was taken. A lot has changed on Woodward since then, most notably the addition of Comerica Park on the right:

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Shorpy Saturday – Grand Circus Park: 1919

By Jeffrey Buck

Grand Circus Park has gone through man changes over the years but many of the buildings you see in the photograph below haven’t survived. Both the Tuller and Statler Hotels are no longer standing. Many of the smaller buildings that can be seen in the lower left part of the photograph are no longer a part of the area. The Broderick Tower hasn’t been built yet nor have building along Park. The Kales building still shines and the David Whitney is gearing up for a full restoration. Another major building that is absent is the tower of the Book Building seen in background to the left.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Grand Circus Park: 1919“:

Detroit circa 1919. “Grand Circus Park from Detroit Athletic Club.” The Statler and Tuller hotels, and the two Winged Victory statues seen here. Photoplays being advertised include “When Men Desire” starring Theda Bara, Alice Joyce in “The Cambric Mask,” Cecil B. DeMille’s “For Better, For Worse,” Elsie Ferguson in “Eyes of the Soul,” and “Stolen Orders.” 8×10 glass negative.

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Here is a photo of the area as it looks today:

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Shorpy Saturday – Vaudeville Extravaganza: 1905

By Jeffrey Buck

The Woodward corridor downtown has made many many changes over the years. This particular photo takes you to the beginning when most of the buildings were a more modest size. The majestic Building was the second tallest building in the city. Woodward is wider now, this lower part is now home to a park and the Compuware headquarters. No more streetcars either, which is truly a shame.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Vaudeville Extravaganza: 1905“:

Detroit circa 1905. “Woodward Avenue looking north.” The soap-and-theater district. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Below is a photo of the Majestic Building which can be seen above on the west side of Woodward at Michigan. The history of the building can be found here. It was torn down in 1962 to make way for the First Federal Building:

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Here is a photo near the area where the photo was taken. A lot has changed on Woodward since then:

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Shorpy Saturday – Love Canal: 1907

By Jeffrey Buck

It’s hard to say, but seeing as we had some snowfall this week, winter is definitely near. It’s got me a little worried about how far the temperatures will plummet over the next few weeks, and in light of this fear, I wanted to put up a photo that provides a reminder of some of the warmer times in metro Detroit.

Dear Mother Nature,

Please don’t get too cold too fast!

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Love Canal:1907“:

Detroit circa 1907. “Band concert on Grand Canal, Belle Isle Park.” Once upon a time it might have been possible to woo a girl with just a humble canoe, but now you need plush pillows and a phonograph. 8×10 glass negative.

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