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What Sorcery: 1907

What Sorcery: 1907

What sorcery within a night has made
a city street into a fairy glade?

Detroit circa 1907. The normally prosaic Detroit Publishing caption writers got creative on this one. Added attraction: whimsical mailbox graffito. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Fairy Glade No Longer

As another poster said, it has not been this residential or shady for decades. Attached is a Google street view as proof.

Valentine's Day? And the view.

That would explain the graffiti, and the weather.

The view here is looking east down Forest across Woodward. Today this street dead-ends a block east of Woodward at the VA Medical Center. And the neighborhood hasn't been this sleepy, shady, or residential for many decades. However, the building seen to the left, First Congregational Church, is still there, still active, and still looks very much the same today.

Good eye Dave,

really good eye!

For Love Letters Only

110-year-old mailbox graffito.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | 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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