Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.
Vintage photos of:
Landmarks including the Wayne County Building, Detroit City Hall, Hotel Pontchartrain, Ford Building, Dime Bank, Detroit Post Office, Woodward Avenue, the Campus Martius and Cadillac Square. Telling the story of the city from the turn of the century to the 1940s, these Detroit photos can be purchased as fine-art prints.