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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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Belle Isle Bathers: 1910

Belle Isle Bathers: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Bath house at Belle Isle." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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Bathing Beauties

This bath house was built in 1894. Detroit grew quickly then, and when this bath house was overwhelmed, the city built a new one in 1910. Demand grew so much that the city decided to keep both. They're both gone, except for one piece of the new bath house:

 
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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