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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Tashmoo at Port: 1906

Tashmoo at Port: 1906

Circa 1906. "The Tashmoo at Port Huron, Michigan." Our seventh post featuring the celebrated sidewheeler. Note the bike rack advertising the "Port Huron Cycle and Electric Co." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

So many trips

So many hundreds of trips between Detroit & Port Huron on flat, boring I-94 (and on flat, boring Gratiot Ave. before 94 was built) I would love to have made just one on the wonderful Tashmoo.

Still an uncommon event

Although it’s been commented on more than once in the previous six Tashmoo posts, it’s still remarkable how many people turn to face the photographer in these shots. (The equivalent number nowadays would likely be holding up their handhelds to take photographs of their own.)

Classic

There are two particular people in this photo that remind me of a movie set. The fellow with the suitcase, covered in stickers, and the little guy at the very left front, having a pouty moment with his arms crossed and toe at a 45. Timeless.

As soon as I arrange all these deck chairs

I have to replace those flags.

 
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