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Welcome Hay Dealers: 1900

Welcome Hay Dealers: 1900

Detroit circa 1900. "Campus Martius and City Hall." Other landmarks in this panorama of three 8x10 glass negatives include the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Detroit Opera House and the Majestic Building; also note the National Hay Association sign and "moonlight tower" arc lamp. View full size.



I don't see any artifacts from the stitching. Were the 3 images together in the original file or did you put them together?

[Dave joined them using Photoshop. - tterrace]

More Moontower Info

We've still got moon towers here in Austin. Here's a link.

Out of place tower

Just to the left of dead center almost hidden in front of the center white building, there is quite a tower positioned on a corner pole. Any ideas what it was used for??

[It's the moonlight tower mentioned in the caption; a regular feature of Detroit photos here on Shorpy, for example, this one. - tterrace]

OK, now I understand what it is for. The text on the posting didnt 'make light' *snicker* to me what the "moonlight tower" was, but seeing it on your link with the description helped cement what it was.

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