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Boxcar Ferry: 1900

Boxcar Ferry: 1900

Circa 1900. "Car ferry Transport, Detroit River." The unloaded version of this. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.



I remember reading an old Ellery Queen mystery from the 1920s where the solution to a murder rested on the absolute unthinkability of any man other than a priest being seen in public without a tie. I guess it made sense at that time.

Even the deck hand is wearing a tie

Great acton picture with wonderful detail - please keep pictures like this coming!

Dapper Pilot

Even the captain of a car ferry sports a bow tie.


and thawed.

Reused loco headlight

That looks like an old oil headlight from a locomotive just below the bridge windows. We've seen some of those in photos of locomotives from this time period.

[Or maybe the customers of the Acme Oil Headlamp Co. included both shipyards and railroads. - Dave]

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