The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

WEB SITE & CONTENTS
© 2014 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dime Bank: 1911

Dime Bank: 1911

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1911. "Dime Savings Bank building under construction." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971)

Would have been only seven years old in this year, but I'm sure this vista would have inspired her immensely. Her late 30's Chrysler Building gargoyle picture still gives me vertigo!

Construction

The steel insides don't seem all that different from contemporary construction, but it's shocking to see the lower unfinished levels - airy and open with all that massive (granite?) density above. With older buildings I tend to believe the that the external skin is structural even if I know better and this messes with that illusion.

Working the steel

I'm not sure if I could handle working on those stage platforms like those guys that are cladding the structure.

What is the process here? Is it concrete, brick or some other rendering over the steel.

It sure is a handsome building.

Materials

Hard to imagine that everything on that building was hauled there by horse teams and freight wagons! Sure would like to see some SHORPY photos of that procedure.

[Don't forget trucks. By 1910 there were thousands of motor trucks and electric trucks on the roads. Below, an ad from 1911. - Dave]

Current Look

The beautiful Penobscot building replaced the smaller building on the far left of the photo 15 years later, sitting nicely next to the tallest building on the left edge of the photo, the Ford Building.


View Larger Map

Competition

Looks like the crew on the left has a one story lead over the crew on the right.

The ornate rooftop at lower left was Detroit's old City Hall, demolished in 1961. But the Dime Building is still there. Happy centennial, Dime.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.