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Edelweiss Cafe: 1912

Edelweiss Cafe: 1912

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. "Glaser's Edelweiss Cafe, Miami Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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It's actually is pretty okay-looking.

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Beautiful street lamps

Those must have cost a fortune in the day - they are beautiful as well as functional. I alo notice some great lights on the canopy of the cafe - awesome!

The details don't stop

Look at this cropped front area of the Edelweis. The time and expense budgeted for creating such a remarkable facade with details such as those I arrowed are more or less architectural impossibilities today (unless it's a Dubai project). Incredible and a notice to the populace that the E-weiss was THE place to be seen. Or, at the very least, seen while standing outside there with a toothpick, having dined at Sloppy Dave's down the street.

Somewhat less tropical today

Miami Avenue is now known as Broadway. This restaurant was at the corner of Miami and John R on what is now the site of the parking garage for the nearby Opera House.

Kiwanis birthplace

The Kiwanis Club was founded here in 1915.

Motor City

Interesting photo. 1912 and there are four cars and no horses (or horse droppings) in the shot. I wonder if Detroit adopted the automobile faster than other cities of that period?

Bratwurst & Suds

Oh, I'm getting very, very hungry.

The best is not yet to come

Elegant lampposts and potted plants, there's not even a gum wrapper to be found anywhere on the street. With all the economic problems and city cutbacks Detroit is going through I would hate to see what that corner looks like today.

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