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Central Y: 1917

Central Y: 1917

Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1917. "Central Y.M.C.A." And another example of the light bulb arches that were in vogue a century ago. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Pleasure Pavilion: 1910

Pleasure Pavilion: 1910

The Jersey Shore circa 1910. "Steel Pier, Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ford Factory: 1916

Ford Factory: 1916

Detroit (Highland Park) circa 1916. "Four o'clock shift, Ford Motor Company." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

DPC Special: 1902

DPC Special: 1902

        In this car, known as the California Special, I toured the Southwest in 1902 with a display of pictures for the Detroit Publishing Company.
                                -- William Henry Jackson, "Time Exposure"

"Detroit Photographic Co. Special." An assistant to William Henry Jackson seated in a Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad car. I've been reading WHJ's autobiography, "Time Exposure," which he began in his tenth decade and completed in 1940, two years before his death at age 99. Highly recommended by Shorpy's Book Club. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Unloading: 1900

Unloading: 1900

Buffalo, New York, circa 1900. "Thornberger hoist unloading ore at Lackawanna docks." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Bubbling Cup: 1910

The Bubbling Cup: 1910

Chicago circa 1910. "Around a bubbling cup, Lincoln Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Buffalo Ghosts: 1900

Buffalo Ghosts: 1900

"Hotel Iroquois, Buffalo, 1900." The ectoplasmic pedestrians are out in force. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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