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When Hustle Met Bustle: 1919

When Hustle Met Bustle: 1919

Detroit circa 1919. "View of Woodward Avenue and Washington Boulevard; Whitney Building and Grand Circus Park." Also one of the "Winged Victory" statues seen earlier here. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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That Street Performer

...appears to be a "Winged Victory" enroute to some statehouse dome.

[I thought the reference was to this. - tterrace]

Roy's Wife's Uncle

Nice shot of Hudson's Dept Store.

Roy Chapin Sr. was married to Joseph Hudson's niece. Chapin was one of the founders of the Hudson Motor Car Co., named after his benefactor - Mr. Hudson, founder and owner of the Dept. store.

Still in Business

2nd sign on the left side of the Whitney is Dittrich Furs. They are still in business with TV ads and a website. Currently located on 3rd St North of Grand. Nice to see some longevity.

Whitney Redux

The 19 story David Whitney building in the center of the photo, abandoned in the '80s, got some good news recently:

In December 2011, plans moved another step when (Whitney Partners) announced it signed an agreement with the Aloft division of Starwood Hotels to operate the 136-room hotel. The hotel would occupy the floors two through nine of the building with 108 condominium units on floors ten and above to open in 2014.

He should have called it Andrew's

I agree with Mark P's comment.
From the 1919 Detroit City Directory:

Is that a street performer posing as a statue?

I've seen them in Italy a number of times.


Not a great name for an eating establishment.

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