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

Going Up: 1911

Going Up: 1911

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1911. "Dime Savings Bank building under construction." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A fearless worker having a break

I wouldn't have selected the seat as the guy on the top of the building! Due to many visible risks on the site, the man standing at the street corner is apparently an undertaker.

Do the twist

Not a single diagonal cross-brace anywhere in sight. Unbelievable.

I agonize

at the poor guys who had to pile all those bricks and blocks inside the lower floors. I also surmise the cement(cinder) blocks are not a recent invention.

Trackage

The rails in the photo -- would they have been built to ferry supplies to the building or are they exposed streetcar tracks?

Priceless

What would the white collar guy in the middle window on the top floor of the building on the left pay for a pair of noise canceling headphones?

Danger Mason fears nothing

Some of the workers on the mezzanine(?) level look to be in peril of falling boards on the ledge above and any dropped bricks from the men farther up. In turn, some of those fellows look to be in peril of falling junk from the man working several stories above them.

"I knew I should have worn my derby today instead of a cloth cap."

 
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