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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Motown Riviera: 1906

Motown Riviera: 1906

The Detroit River circa 1906. "Detroit Oak Belting Co. and Michigan Stove Works." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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If you need belting

A 1910 ad in the Spokane Spokesman-Review informs me that Detroit Oak Belting "means longer service, less trouble and lower cost." "Red Strip Belting," however, "has won for itself an enviable position in the opinion of users of rubber belting." The choice is, er, was yours.

Oak Belting

On the 'About' page of the Cleveland Oak Belting company I found this explanation:

Our roots as a company reach back to 1916 when we began as a manufacturer of oak tanned leather belting for industrial transmission and conveying

Not Much Left

Not much left of this Wight Street waterfront view, unless you count the rig being steered by the dapper gent. It might have a home at the still extant Detroit Yacht Club at nearby Belle Isle. Otherwise this stretch of the Detroit River has been thoroughly re-purposed, and in many cases more than once.

 
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