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Hotel Cadillac: 1906

Hotel Cadillac: 1906

Detroit circa 1906. "Hotel Cadillac, Washington Boulevard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Thanks to 'Savonarola'

I just spent 5 enjoyable minutes searching for and finding that inscription. I love Shorpy!

A room upgrade

A room upgrade to whomever can make out the middle word in the inscription.

["Hotel Scotten Cadillac," for Daniel Scotten, who built the hotel in 1888.]

Double Vente

That lady by the barber shop entrance has certainly got a big cuppa Starbucks.

Step right downstairs

Uh oh, there is one of those barber poles in the center. Who is next? Do you need a haircut, tooth pulled or a bleeding? Ha! Now the barber isn't even allowed to shave the back of your neck.

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