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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Detroit Newsies: 1905

Detroit Newsies: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Journal building at Fort and Wayne." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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Reardon Parshall Printing Co

Behind the Journal building is a sign advertising the Reardon Parshall Printing Company. It stayed in business until the 1970's or 80's I believe, as a financial printer. I used to do business with it when it was at 550 West Fort.

Wayne Street

Wayne Street is about 3-4 blocks east of Second Street. On all of the old Detroit maps I have seen, Wayne was where today's Washington Boulevard is. Back in the day, Washington was only 4-5 blocks long from Grand Circus Park south the Michigan Avenue. The road changed names - south of Michigan Avenue to the Detroit Riverfront was known as Wayne Street.

Still Life Owlography

Those owls really work -- not a pigeon in sight.

What a Blast

This is the new Journal Building. Ten years earlier, on November 8, 1895, in one of the state's worst accidents, a boiler exploded in the Journal Building (home of the Detroit Journal newspaper and other businesses) in downtown Detroit, killing 37 people. The building engineer was arrested, accused of going to a saloon rather than watching the water levels in the boiler system.

The building shown has been torn down and replaced with an office building that occupies the block along Second St. (FKA Wayne St.) from Fort St. north to Layfayette.

 
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