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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Vaudeville Extravaganza: 1905

Vaudeville Extravaganza: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Woodward Avenue looking north." The soap-and-theater district. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Re: Meteorological Station

Weather observations were made downtown (at several sites over the years) until 1934 when the weather office at City Airport became the official observation site for Detroit. Shortly after this photo was taken the Weather Bureau moved to the Majestic Building in the background.

Misfit

What's that MISFIT sign doing down the street? A store for returned Dr. Reed shoes? What?

[Haberdashery owned by Sol Berman. - Dave]

Fashion sense

A million guys in black hats, and that one guy in the corner wearing a white one. Would like to know more about him.

Meteorological Station

Looks like a set of weather instruments on a rooftop, at the upper-left.

Woodward is getting light rail again.

Soon we'll be able to take full color HD real-time photos of trolley cars on Woodward.

Seeing signs

I'd like to really see what the rest of that sign to the right says: "Socialist _____ Reading _____"

[SOCIALIST PARTY READING ROOM. -Dave]

Like Totally!

Does Dr. Reed really claim to have the "coolest shoe on earth"? I would have expected keen, swell, smooth, spiffy, snazzy, or even dandy before I'd expect to see COOL. Way to go, Doc; and in 18 more years, 23-Skidoo to you.

Tell You What

You go see the Vaudeville Extravaganza if you like. I will be waiting for you in the Olympia Candy Works. Please see the show as many times as you like. I love it when a plan comes together.

 
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