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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

American Injector: 1910

American Injector: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Michigan Central Railroad tunnel." Other points of interest include the manufactory of American Injector (maker of U.S. Injectors and World Injectors), a large sign proclaiming ROYAL SALAD DRESSING, a number of men working on the railroad, and a fellow reading a newspaper. View full size.

 

It's a billyclub

The guy reading doesn't have a cane, it's a billyclub and he is a railroad Bull (cop).

Never Separates, Never Spoils.


Good Housekeeping, December, 1894.

“Royal” Salad Dressing

Always fresh and inviting. Never separates, never spoils. Send postal with your address to the Horton-Cato Mfg, Co., Detroit, Mich. and obtain handsome book free.

How To Make Salads.

'Tis a fact that a salad is delightful when properly prepared; but if not, it is an abomination. Celery, lettuce, and other things used in making salads are such more enjoyable when interwoven with a delicious mayonnaise like the “Royal.”

20,000 visitors to the World's Food Fair recently held in Boston partook of salads made with the “Royal,” and all praised it.


The Philistine, March, 1905.

Nebuchadnezzar ate grass like an ox, but he didn't solve the problem. I have always been fond of grasses, such as lettuce, celery, chicory, romaine, cabbage and things used in connection with chicken, shrimp, lobsters, etc., but unlike old Neb, I never care to eat them like an ox.

I have always wanted sauces or dressing like Mother made when I picked the lettuce and hunted the eggs in the old barn while she skimmed the cream.

A man in Detroit mixes, blends and cooks mustard and other spices, pure olive oil, fresh country eggs and rich cream into a dressing so delicious that you could make a salad of the leaves of this magazine if you had no other leaves to use, and in spite of the hard-boiled epigrams, you would find it appetizing and wholesome.

Don't forget, it is called Royal Salad Dressing and is published all the while by The Horton-Cato Mfg., Co., of Detroit, Mich., through all grocers who have looked into it.

They Were A Full Service Photographer!

Here's a product shot of Royal Salad Dressing taken by Detroit Publishing between 1900 and 1910.

Nice Radial Brick Chimney

I'm a big fan of the old radial brick chimneys used for industrial purposes. There is a pretty nice one in the left background of this photo. The curvature is just beautiful. There used to be quite a few of them still surviving in Danville, VA where my Granny lived when the old Dan River Mills was still in operation back in the '80s and '90s.

Also, is Royal Salad Dressing still around, and if so, what does it taste like?

What, pray tell...

is a man with long coast, hat and walking cane doing in the middle of a freaking RR yard sitting and reading a magazine.

Ropes over the tracks

These are called telltales and first appeared in the 1800s when brakeman rode the rooftops of trains. Before Westinghouse Air Brakes were fashionable, men had to run from car to car and spin the wheel to apply the train car brakes. A very dangerous profession in sunny & 70 degree weather. The tell tales were a warning device. If and when the chains hit the brakeman, it meant "DUCK!"

To this day, they remain in place as a reminder of our RR past.

Steam Injectors

A broader view of the same area from the previous Electro-Motive: 1910. More tunnel history at Sinking the Tunnel: 1910.


The Industries of Detroit, 1887.

American Injector Company.

… At their two-story and basement factory, at 175 Larned street west, they give employment to a force of eighteen skilled workmen in the manufacture of their celebrated specialties in boiler attachments. Among these is the American Automatic Injector, the most reliable boiler feed in the market, simple in its construction and most reliable and perfect in its work. It can be taken apart, with an ordinary monkey-wrench, and cleaned without disconnecting a single pipe; has no interior moving parts, and is, therefore, less liable to wear out; is perfectly automatic, requiring no adjustment to pick up the water upon its return, after it has been taken away; and works under the greatest variety of conditions, such as varying steam pressure, variable temperature of supply water, water to be taken from a lower level or under pressure. They also manufacture the American Exhaust Injector, to feed boilers by the use of exhaust steam, thus utilizing an otherwise wasted product and doing away with both pump and heater, and which is the only exhaust injector made in America; also the American Ejector, adapted for raising water and liquids from wells, tanks, ponds, mines, quarries, holds of vessels, gas works, wheel pits, etc. All of these appliances are patented by Mr. H. Murdock, Vice-President of this company. Their great utility and the superiority of their mechanism has caused a large and steadily growing demand for them from steam users and makers of boilers and engines in all parts of the United States and Canada. In addition to a large business in their own products, the company are manufacturers' agents for all manner of boiler, engine and steam-fitters' appliances, in which they do a large business in Michigan and surrounding States. All the officers of the company have long been respected citizens, and President Trix is prominent in the Stationary Engineers' Association of Detroit. The business is prospering as a result of meritorious goods and accuracy and reliability in all the transactions of the company.

Ropes?

Anybody know what those ropes are for hanging over the tracks?

Odd geography

You're looking south on this photo, and the tunnel leads to Windsor, Ontario, which is, logically, south of Detroit. There's also a few spots up around Niagara Falls where the U.S. is north of Canada.

The railroad tunnel, built c. 1900, is still there and in use, but the surrounding area has changed drastically.

Follow the white line

of material on the right track, and wonder how much of it was left when it arrived at its destination.

Living dangerously

The gent reading the newspaper is using the electrified third rail as a footrest! I do understand that it is under running third rail with the top and sides insulated. Still, having worked around that sort of thing for 27 years I wouldn't want to be that casual.

Flirting with disaster?

I sure hope that the fellow resting his foot on the third rail electrical supply didn't let his foot slip down on the metal portion. Also, I'm impressed with the fancy window and door trim featured on the small houses on the left. They look like laborers shacks, and such trim you would normally not see on such structures.

 
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