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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907

The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1907. "New casino at Belle Isle Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cutting Wood.

My California house was built in 1929. The portable circular saw was invented in the 20's and was quick to catch on in California due to the housing boom, but it is amazing to think that up till this time, every stick of wood in the house was cut by hardworking carpenters using handsaws.

[Portable electric circular saws go back at least to the early 1910s. - Dave]=

Still with us

This beautiful building is still there. The two porches have been enclosed.

Love the "under construction" pics

I love to see how methods, materials, and tools were implemented during construction of these buildings from the past. Nary a Dewalt miter saw, Bosch hammer drill, laser level or diamond cutting wet saw to be found.

Can you hear me now?

The cellphone tower is really planning ahead.

 
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