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New York circa 1904. "Detroit Photographic Co., 218 Fifth Avenue -- 26th Street front." Detroit Photographic, whose business was based on color postcard views and framed prints, had stores across the country around the turn of the century; in 1905 it changed its name to Detroit Publishing. In this view, the more you look the more people you see. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.