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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Framed: 1900

Framed: 1900

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900. "Art rooms of Detroit Photographic Company, 231 Woodward Avenue. Rear rooms." Floor-to-ceiling coverage for indecently bare walls and naked halls. Miss Fern will be delighted to assist you. View full size.

 

Four-Sided Bench

What a remarkable work of craftsmanship. Looks to be made out of oak. Probably weighed a ton.

Nice Seat

For my money, the artwork that I'd really enjoy owning is the beautiful seat in the middle of the room. What a design!

Even on the doors

The prevailing wisdom at the time was to use every square inch of available space. Yet, this is less cluttered than many Victorian art galleries. At least there is no headache-inducing wallpaper.

Dig them light reflectors

The light fixtures around the skylight look surprisingly advanced for the time. Wonder what bulbs were used?

All the art that fits

At around 60 inches in width, the panorama of Colorado's Garden of the Gods, with Pike's Peak in the distance, is the largest among the many familiar scenic views and reproductions of popular salon paintings seen here. Unsurprisingly, many of these images are also in the LOC's Detroit Publishing Company Collection. The original photo used for the DPC's highly colored, photomechanically engraved version was taken circa 1898 by William Henry Jackson (1843-1942).

 
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