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Shorpy Saturday – The Art of Selling: 1941

By Jeffrey Buck

There is an art to anything and in today’s world it’s much more digital when it comes to clothing catalogs.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Art of Selling: 1941“:

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July 1941. “Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department at the Crowley-Milner department store.” Which for the better part of the 20th century occupied this building. Photo by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information.

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Shorpy Saturday – Order Online: 1941

By Jeffrey Buck

Ordering “online” was a little different back then but in a sense it hasn’t changed.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Order Online: 1941“:

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July 1941. “Operator taking telephone orders at the Crowley-Milner department store, Detroit.” Continuing this series by Arthur Siegel.

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Shorpy Saturday – Autumn Leaves: 1899

By Jeffrey Buck

Have a great weekend! Go Tigers!

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Autumn Leaves: 1899“:

Mount Clemens, Michigan, circa 1899. “Gratiot Avenue and Church Street.” 8×10 inch dry plate 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 – Cadillac Square Building: 1918

By Jeffrey Buck

In 1918 shopping was abundant downtown and surface parking lots hardly existed in the core of the city. Fast forward to 2012 and the roles have reversed. The Cadillac Square Building, shadow to the much larger Cadillac Tower, joined the ranks of parking in 1976 when it was demolished for non other than a failed shopping mall. Detroit has a wealth of beautiful and one of a kind architecture that continues to be preserved and documented through the efforts of several groups including Preservation Detroit (Previously Preservation Wayne), Historic Detroit and Cityscape Detroit, just to name a few.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Cadillac Square Building: 1918“:

 

“Real Estate Exchange, Detroit.” Shown around the time of its completion in 1918, this Gothic wedding cake of an office tower was known for most of its 58 years as the Cadillac Square Building. Detroit Publishing glass negative.

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Shorpy Saturday – Work Zone: 1914

By Jeffrey Buck

There was a time in Detroit when transit did not rest solely on the automobile. Here is an excellent photograph of a street from a period in time when people could say, “I’m taking the trolley downtown.”

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Work Zone: 1914“:

 

Detroit circa 1914. “Construction work — grade separation from Buchanan Street.” The interesting bits here are all in the distance, including a cameo by the monolith from “2001.” Detroit Publishing glass negative.

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Shorpy Saturday – The Accident: 1906

By Jeffrey Buck

This may be one of my favorite photographs that I’ve discovered on Shorpy. It’s perfect for this part of the year, being October and all, with the ghostly figures doing their part in helping with the cleanup. It begs the question as to what happened? What photograph has been your favorite?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Accident: 1906“:

November 12, 1906. “Accident at Michigan Central R.R. depot, Detroit.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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