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Box Sets: 1904

Box Sets: 1904

Detroit circa 1904. "Whitney-Warner Publishing Co." In the heyday of the parlor piano, sheet music was big business. Crates of the latest hits ready for shipment. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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An Old-Fashioned Printer

Before ink-jet printers were... (wait for it)... ink-brush printers!

In this picture an early ink-brush printer is being used to apply shipping labels to the boxes. Notice there is no wire attached to the printer. This photograph shows the earliest known use of 'wireless' printing technology.

This we know for sure this time

Customer A. H. Goetting of Springfield, Massachusetts, is dead.

The Ghost of J Pool

Surely it would be the top floor?


Why does that name sound familiar?

I wonder if new customers signing a 1-year subscription could get a player piano for only $1 a month and a high-speed telegraph connection?

The Ghost of J Pool

Could that be the ghost of the dentist? Second floor window above No. 8 door.

[On this side of the pond, we call that the third floor. - tterrace]

Yes indeed we will need to talk with the sign painter.

Whiskey, Music and Furs!

According to the 1904 Detroit City Directory, this building was located at 10 Witherell. It also housed the offices of Shapiro, Remick & Co. (music publishers) and Edward R. Schremser, a music teacher and the leader of "Schremser's Military Band & Orchestra". To the left is Herman Bowman's saloon at 12 Witherell and on the right is the Asbaugh, Dittrich & Co. Furs at 8 Witherell, which was located on the southeast corner with Woodward Ave. Reflected in the windows are glimpses of the snow-covered Grand Circus Park located just across the street.

Is this it?

Is this the same "Belle of the Phillipines"? If so this is what it sounded like.

I bet one of the ladies

was the demonstration pianist. Every sheet music store had one. That's how Louis' second wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong started her musical career—at the Jones Music Store in Chicago.

Fine Wet Goods?

Mr. Bowman can't fool me - he's running a saloon unless he's a broth mogul.


That is some really nice beveled, leaded, etched glass in Bowman's Cafe. I like the way the tree reflected in the plain plate glass fits right in to the overall image. That would be a great subject for its own photo.

And yes, while I'm here I would love a fine wet libation, if you wouldn't mind.

I'm Dreaming of a White Easter

This must be April or so. You have the remnants of snow all over the road but it has melted completely off the sidewalks, and most of the people do not feel the need to wear their winter coats.
You get the feeling from the Clockwork Orange looking teenager who has the Goetting box, that this is a rather warm day.

New Titles for 1903

"Belle of the Philippines" and "My Dixie Anna" were both published in 1903. "My Dixie Anna" was a featured song in a musical comedy titled "Busy Izzy," a vehicle for the comedian George Sidney, which ran for only eight performances at New York's 58th Street Theatre in March, 1903. A few months later the song was interpolated into the farce comedy "A Son of Rest," which opened at Haverly's 14th Street Theatre on August 17, 1903.

The Belle of the Philippines

The complete score can be seen online thanks to the University of Alabama Libraries.


It isn't very often you get to see some real smiles in old photos. Nice!

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