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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Detroit River: 1900

Detroit River: 1900

Circa 1900. "Car ferry 'Transport' entering slip, Detroit River." Railcar steamer on an icy, windy day. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Eek! I'm freezing!

Amazing how this photo evokes chills in my bones!

Rib freezing cold

From 1953 to 1970 I lived on Grosse Ile. In winter the chill from the river would go right through your clothes to your ribs. Yes, there is a reason millions of people live in Southern California.

Greetings from Detroit

You can almost feel the arctic air and the sting of icy droplets on your face as the wind blows across the water. Definitely not a pix that would be used by the local chamber of commerce.

Ferry 'cross the Detroit

The Grand Trunk was still running railroad ferries that looked a whole lot like this, if not this one, across the Detroit River until 1975. I rode on one of these once when I was a kid, because I had an uncle who worked for the line. It was old, loud, shook like hell, and since it was November, was good and cold.

Very alive

This photo is very dynamic and alive. Love it.

Wow

This photo is incredible.

Two thoughts:

1. You mean this isn't a Delano?

2. Does this remind anyone else of Dali's "Soft Construction with Baked Beans (Premonition of Civil War)"?

Re:Brrr.

My sentiments exactly. It's a great photo of something I hate (Winter).

Brrr.

Great Photo! Truly captures the feel of winter yet to come. I have to have a cup of cocoa after looking at it!

 
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