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On the Street Where You Live: 1900

On the Street Where You Live: 1900

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900. "W.H. Jackson residence." Just out of view across 2nd Avenue in this two-part panorama was the residence of Detroit Publishing photographer William Henry Jackson. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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This looks like the street, from a 1895 Detroit street map.

Fast Shade

Any idea of the address? I'd like to find out when this neighborhood was platted and developed, to get an idea of the age of the trees. Elms, besides having wonderful canopies, also are fast growers.

[Building on the left is the Marlborough apartments at 419-421 Second Avenue. (Addresses have been renumbered since this photo was made.) At the end of the street we can see the fountain in Cass Park. - Dave]

Nice rack

For bikes!

Cass Park in the background

I think this picture is a view of 2nd Avenue heading away from downtown where it runs into Cass Park. I don't think any of these buildings still stand. And the park's fountain is sadly no more.


Just thought I'd run both of these through Photoshop's Photomerge command and see what the resulting panorama would look like.

[I tried the same thing (click below to enlarge). A passable result with a couple of obvious flaws -- the cable running across the street, instead of meeting in the middle, diverges at two very different angles, and the curbs on the left side of the street don't line up. Your version (bottom pic) turned out better, curbwise. UPDATE: I took another stab at it and came up with something a tad more Euclidean. Click to embiggen. - Dave]

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