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Fountain of Ice: 1904

Fountain of Ice: 1904

Detroit circa 1904. "Fountain of ice, Washington Boulevard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


The other two:

Familiar Ice Formation

Happy holidays to everyone! Have seen two other pics of this frozen fountain on Shorpy, I think. Wonder if anyone ever made it to the top when it was this tall.

Triple dog dare you

What a challenge it would be to climb to the top of this spire of ice!

Old Faithful after hell froze over

Would love to see a time-lapse of this baby being formed!

Johnston Optical

Atop one of the buildings is a sign for the Johnston Optical Company. I did a bit of research and found that the Johnston Optical Company was, indeed, based in Detroit and holds a patent for a device called an optometer, that allows doctors to detrermine the strength of glasses required by patients.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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