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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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Shorpy Saturday – Stuff It: 1922

By Jeffrey Buck

A beautiful school building in what appears to be either winter or early spring. How would you describe your childhood school?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Stuff It: 1922“:

 

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1922. “Balch School students.” Note the bin at left marked “STUFF ME with waste paper.” Detroit Publishing glass negative.

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Shorpy Saturday – Box Sets: 1904

By Jeffrey Buck

Dust off the player piano and dig out some old sheet music because we’re headed back to 1904 and iTunes is nowhere in sight. Enjoy the streets of the D complete with smiling workers hauling in the newest shipment to Whitney, Warner. Bonus points if a reader can tell us where this building stood and if it is still being enjoyed today by people or automobiles.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Box Sets: 1904“:

 

Detroit circa 1904. “Whitney-Warner Publishing Co.” In the heyday of the parlor piano, sheet music was big business. Crates of the latest hits ready for shipment. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – Small Steaks: 1912

By Jeffrey Buck

I am applaud by what currently stands where this architectural gem once called home. One of the largest food chains in the world. Not Subway. Think yellow arches. So for that very fact I will not subject you to a “today” picture. The smoke stack to the rear is still standing. You can find it in Midtown where the resurgence of Detroit is exploding!

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Small Steaks: 1912“:

 

Detroit circa 1912. “Dime Savings Bank, Woodward & Willis branch.” As is often the case with these glass plates, a supporting player steals the scene: Jordan’s Cafeteria, where the Small Steak is 20 cents. The friendly loan officers next door can help with that. Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – American Injector: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

Not to stay on the “train-wagon” but here is another shot of some famous tracks in Detroit. How often do you ride the train?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “American Injector: 1910“:

 

Detroit circa 1910. “Michigan Central Railroad tunnel.” Other points of interest include the manufactory of American Injector (maker of U.S. Injectors and World Injectors), a large sign proclaiming ROYAL SALAD DRESSING, a number of men working on the railroad, and a fellow reading a newspaper.

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