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White Castle: 1910

White Castle: 1910

  UPDATE: Note the baseball scoreboard on Sharpe's Chop House.

Detroit circa 1910. "Griswold Street south from Michigan Avenue." And a view of the recently completed Ford Building. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Sharpe's Chop House

Here's another view.

Chicago is visiting Detroit and St. Louis is at Cleveland in both shots, but New York is hosting the Red Sox and Philadelphia the Senators in the U of Michigan photo. The presence of the cigar billboards in May of 1910 in the UMichigan shot leads me to think that Shorpy's may be earlier than 1910.

They misspelled it!

The sign should read SHORPY'S CHOP HOUSE!

Ford Building

Still looking good.

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Hometown Bias

I wonder if they only had an American League scoreboard because Detroit was an American League team, or if there was a separate National League scoreboard somewhere.

Curbed bicycles

wouldn't last long if parked that way today, and one is right next to an unused bike rack on the sidewalk.


Definitely looks like baseball scores. Top row, last three letters looks like R H E. Runs, Hits, Errors.

Scoreboard? Stock prices? Daily Specials?

I'm referring to the chalkboard on the second floor of Sharpe's Chop House. See the fellow in the window and the catwalk? What interesting news is he purveying to the Detroit public? Can we get a zoom-in Dave?

Well, imagine that

Horseless carriages in Detroit in 1910.

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