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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Star Island House: 1910

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Star Island House: 1910

St. Clair Flats, Michigan, circa 1910. "Star Island House." A hotel on the St. Clair River whose scenic arboreal allée, Willow Avenue, we saw last week. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Those bands on the trees

Addressed in this thread.

Good Lord!

Charles Addams, please call the office!

Hard to Find

I was greatly puzzled by this picture and the Willow Ave. picture - where the heck is (or rather was) Star Island? No current maps list Star Island, but I finally found it in an 1895 map from the St. Clair Flats Historical Society. The area is no longer identified as Star Island, and any remnants of the Star Island House and Willow Avenue are long gone.

[See also the maps posted here last week in the comments under the Willow Avenue photo. - Dave]

Your next stop, the Twilight Zone

And then all the old people on the porch played Kick the Can, and vanished, as young people.

Northern hospitality

They say the St. Clair Flats hotels were popular with Southerners escaping swelter (perhaps looking for a cool-weather counterpart to the Mississippi delta). Whether the lineup on the porch is made up of guests, staff, or some combination thereof, it's the last bunch of folks with whom I'd like to commune with nature.

 
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