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Scenic Saginaw: 1908

Scenic Saginaw: 1908

Saginaw, Michigan, circa 1908. "Hoyt Library." With a number of hazards for the unwary pedestrian. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


All that quotidian urban activity

And but a single motor car in evidence. Obviously, internal combustion is but a fad, a poor version of the noble horse and one whose droppings are no less objectionable for being gaseous.

Fond memories

As a kid in the early 80's I was fascinated with the Titanic, before anyone even knew where it was. I spent hours at the Hoyt Library looking up every book I could find about it. When I ran out of books, one of the employees showed me that I could look up old newspapers with the microfiche reader and I was hooked; most of that Summer was spent in that library.

It's Still Going Strong

The library is still going strong and a beautiful structure. It's about 30 minutes from where I live. It's nice to see local pics on this site.

Revised Steps

And missing a tree or two, but still looks like a temple of knowledge to me:

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THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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