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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Hotel Cadillac: 1914

Hotel Cadillac: 1914

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1914. "Hotel Cadillac." Plus a variation on the 8:17 jeweler's clock sign. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Awnings

I absolutely love seeing the striped awnings on these buildings! So cosmopolitan.

LOL

The guy walking towards the camera holding the white package on the right side of the photo has his finger buried deep in his nose. Talk about a moment in time!

Look-A-Likes

That rectangular structure rising above the Hotel Cadillac almost looks like the UN Building.

[I can understand why people might put one hyphen in "lookalike," and end up with "look-alike." But that second hyphen, so often added -- because two things look "a-like"? - Dave]

Window awnings

I guess air conditioners killed window awnings. No need for open windows means there's no need to keep water out on a hot and rainy day, which was probably the main purpose of awnings. They really did change the character of a building; those stripes are awful.

[Then as now, awnings were for shade and heat control. - Dave]

A bit of updating to the old Hotel Cadillac -

 
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