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Vintage photos of:
New York circa 1903. "Detroit Photographic Company, 229 Fifth Avenue." On this block destined for demolition, Everything Must Go. And Everywhere a Sign. And, for connoisseurs of ghost pedestrians, two sets of spectral footfalls. Plus a Dept. of Sanitation sweeper! Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.