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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Ample Parking: 1916

Ample Parking: 1916

Detroit circa 1916. "Washington Boulevard, east side." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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All the cars today

All the cars today look alike, not like it used to ... oh wait!

Unrecognizable

The two closest buildings both exist as the Himelhoch and Claridge House apartments. The Himelhoch used to be a department store; the top of the building still looks the same, but the first few stories were completely remodeled.

The second building, the Claridge House, had a penthouse added in the fifties, and a new steel skin put on in the sixties. It now looks nothing like this picture. Here's an article with the before and after.

 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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