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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Furnished Rooms: 1914

Furnished Rooms: 1914

Detroit circa 1914. "Construction work, grade separation, Fourteenth Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Corner of 14th and Ash

Given the direction of the sunlight, this house has to be located on the southwest corner of an intersection with 14th Ave. I did some research in the old Detroit street directories and the only address at a SW corner that fits this location is 569 14th Ave., which was on the SW corner with Ash St. The building on the NW corner was listed in the 1914 Detroit City Directory as being a grocery store, not a residence, which fits in with the appearance of the building at the far right of the photo. When Detroit's streets were renumbered in 1921 this address became 3107 14th St. Today it is a vacant lot.

Address changes

In 1920/21, the city of Detroit renumbered their streets so 639 would have been changed to 3529 14th or thereabouts

Could this be?

14th street isn't very long....and it seems to be 639?

Ghost Swingers

Watching rockpiles grow, because that's all they can do. Well, that, and count the trolleys as they roll past.

Just a Swingin

And Eatin Chocolate Pie. Couldn't help my self.

 
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