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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Highland Park: 1914

Highland Park: 1914

Circa 1914. "Ford Motor Company plant, Highland Park, Detroit." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Still in Use

This building has recently been a warehouse and the grassy area in front is now a strip mall

Unwittingly (?) brilliant

The photogapher may not have realized how prescient really this scene was. The 20th century ushered more advances thatn the prvious 19 centuries combined represented by the old and long-establish horse power being overtaken or gained on by the revolutionary horsepower. We have the contrast as well between the building on the left with its very modern appearance imparted by all the glass creeping into the scene dominated by the more traditional factory. Brilliant!

Keeping the dust down

I assume that the hose connections on the platforms next to the streetcar loops are for filling the water cars that sprinkled the streets to cut down on the dust.

On the pole in the centre of the photo is a switch box for the trolley wires.

Faster, faster

John, can't you make this horse go any faster? Destiny is starting to catch up to us.

Whoa Nellie!

I will bet that no one missed the humor of what appears to be a horse and buggy having just won the race with an automobile in front of the Ford plant.

Horse - Then Car

Poignant arrangement of the elements, I like it. There's a horse-drawn carriage, followed by a new-fangled automobile, and all in front a a fairly new (Albert Kahn?) designed plant.

 
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