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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Chez Jackson: 1900

Chez Jackson: 1900

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900. "W.H. Jackson residence." On the right, the home of William Henry Jackson, whose Western, Mexican and Florida photographs formed an important part of the Detroit Publishing catalogue. View full size.

 

Ah, Detroit

Ah, Detroit before the Dutch Elm disease epidemic! How lovely it was.

Give Me Today, Thank You

When I first saw this picture I thought " Wow. Wouldn't it be great to go back and live in one of these houses?" But, after some consideration, no thank you. I couldn't have afforded the neighborhood to begin with on my meager salary. Those were not the best of times either. Diseases such as typhoid, scarlet fever, measles, tuberculosis, malaria, all took their toll. Antibiotics, penicillin, even sulfa drugs, which were used in WW2, had not been invented. It may have been a more quiet time but I will stay in my own time thank you.

Chez Jackson = Hotel Richelieu

Page 787 of the 1898 Detroit City Directory lists "Wm. H. Jackson, photogr." as boarding at the house on the right -- the Hotel Richelieu, 420 2nd Avenue. In 1920, this address was renumbered to 2536 2nd Ave. [map]. The water fountain in Cass Park can be seen off in the distance. In the 1899 and 1900 Directories, Jackson was living in a house seven blocks to the north at 706 2nd Avenue, which was on the southeast corner at Alexandrine Street. In the 1901 and 1902 Directories, he is living two blocks farther north at 154 Canfield Avenue.

[Thank you! I had guessed wrong as to which half of the panorama showed the house. - Dave]

Greenery

Charming. Until I thought of the coal bin and saw that jungle of wires in the trees. If they only knew of the rubber-wheeled locomotives leaving the rails to roar up and down the streets. Those engineers bemoaning a bad economy,, they'd wish to stay in a simpler time.

Urban trees

Many streets in Milwaukee (where I used to live) were lined with elm trees. They were indeed stately trees, beautiful in the summer and the fall, they even looked good in the winter. It was sad to lose them, most died and were cut down in the 50s and 60s, no other urban tree has their class.

Streakers

Are those wires coming from the left side of the Richelieu, or just photo defects?

[Telephone wires. - Dave]

A quiet and peaceful street

where life is only disturbed by the odd passing phantom!

Doomed canopy

All those stately American Elm trees, soon to disappear forever.

 
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