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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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.

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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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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