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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

The Shape of Things to Come: 1912

The Shape of Things to Come: 1912

August 31, 1912. "Dime Savings Bank and Detroit City Hall." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Yucca, Yucca

Believe it or not, here in Ottawa, many people grow yucca. It is hardy enough to withstand an Ottawa winter.

Tombstone Folks in Town

Don't make a misstep on the girders -- but if you do, the National Retail Monument Dealers Association is in town.

Peeping Tom

So what is the guy on the first window ledge doing? I love the untold stories in these snapshots of a time long lost.

Tropical Detroit

City Hall front lawn corner. Are those palms and yucca plants I see?

A palm tree in Detroit

I doubt landscape architects or workers would put palm trees these days outside public buildings in such northern latitudes.

[But they do. Then as now, it's in a a big planter. - Dave]

What a Contrast

between old and new! The Second Empire style city hall building was completed in 1871 and demolished in 1961.

 
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