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Cold, Cold Art: 1904

Cold, Cold Art: 1904

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1904. "Fountain of ice, Washington Boulevard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Why can't I free your doubtful mind

... and melt your cold cold art?

What's old is new again

They've got a similarly-sized ice fountain on Belle Isle today. I was just there, and there's an "fountain of ice" about the same size as this one on the Detroit side of the island by the yacht club.

Holy Hannah

That is so cool. No pun intended. Man it looks cold in that neighbourhood. Brrrr.

Leaden sky

A pretty goood example of a leaden sky.

Put on your crampons and grab your ice axe

This looks exactly like ice towers that climbing clubs build today for recreation and competition where a frozen waterfall isn't handy. There are a number of links to pictures at the bottom of the Alaska Alpine Club's website.


I knew that I should have shut that faucet off last night!


I am speechless! I have NEVER seen anything like this! It is beautiful and scary at the same time.


How was it made?

First thing that came to my mind was a snapped off fire hydrant? but really.. How was it made?

Amazing !

That is an awesome photo! I've never seen anything like it before !

The City Plumber

Must have cussed up a storm when he was looking for the valve to turn off that fountain.

Are we all so innocent?

Looks like it could be an ad for Viagra.

Tallest frozen fountain

That I've ever seen. Looks to be about 40 to 45 feet tall, unless the boys are over 5 feet tall at the base of this frozen monument. If they are, this chunk of ice could be 50 feet or more. I have to go now and turn up my thermostat.


That could almost be the scene in my front yard in Fairfax VA for the last couple of weeks.


Magnificent photo!

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