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The Detroit: 1905
... Volume 19, 1905. Car-ferry steamer "Detroit": Michigan Central Railway A four-screw car-ferry steamer of exceptional ... River service of the Michigan Central Railway (between Detroit, Mich., and Windsor, Ont.). The railway company has four car-ferry ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 3:27pm -

The Detroit: 1905

Winter Crossing: 1900
Circa 1900. "Detroit River. Car ferry Michigan Central entering slip." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit ... on the frozen river, on the way back to Windsor from Detroit, smuggling back cotton socks. She would have been 10 years old. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2012 - 3:18pm -

Winter Crossing: 1900

Chicago Club: 1906
... Romanesque building at the southwest corner of Michigan Ave. and Van Buren St. was designed by Burnham and Root and built in ... into its present headquarters two blocks up and across Michigan Avenue in 1893, the building was sold to the Chicago Club. As the ... Wing (street cleaner) with his broom in the foreground Michigan Avenue or Boulevard? We see here, from left to right, at #: 203 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2012 - 12:26pm -

Chicago Club: 1906

Michigan Avenue: 1918
Chicago circa 1918. "Michigan Avenue -- Blackstone Hotel and Grant Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass ... street lamps are still in use today. Original Michigan Blvd. Lampposts The unique originals were replaced in the '50's by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/27/2015 - 10:48am -

Michigan Avenue: 1918

Green Detroit: 1942
Detroit, July 1942. "Looking north on Woodward Avenue from the Maccabees ... Old Detroit 87 years ago today I was born in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit was a tree city. I remember going to the top of the downtown ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 10:52am -

Green Detroit: 1942

Factoryville: 1910
... Company was based there. Henkel's Flour was out of Detroit, but I think there was an outpost in Cleveland, too. Gritty City ... Detroit I'm going to take a wild guess and say Detroit, Michigan. That looks like Henkel's Flour mill sign in the background. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/09/2014 - 5:10pm -

Factoryville: 1910

Michigan Manselet: 1910
Circa 1910. "Morgan residence -- St. Clair Flats, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/02/2016 - 4:06pm -

Michigan Manselet: 1910

The Upper Hand: 1941
... My guess is they're playing Euchre, a popular card game in Michigan. There are 5 cards in a hand, and in the previous photo, the cards ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/27/2017 - 8:47pm -

The Upper Hand: 1941

Toledo: 1909
... Toledo and Ohio Central and Kanawha and Michigan were both absorbed by New York Central System. NYC as part of Conrail, ... Southern and CSX Trans. Hocking Valley, Kanawha and Michigan and Toledo & Ohio Central and ... lots of Hocking Valley Railway , Kanawha and Michigan Railroad and Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad train cars to be ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/22/2011 - 7:24am -

Toledo: 1909

Michigan Normal: 1902
Ypsilanti, Michigan, circa 1902. "Starkweather Hall, Students' Christian Association, Michigan State Normal College." Not far from the Ypsi Water Tower . 8x10 ... to last. This one still exists on the campus of Eastern Michigan University per Google Maps. It is adjacent to McKenny Hall and sits ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 6:11pm -

Michigan Normal: 1902

Pennies From Hancock: 1905
Hancock, Michigan. circa 1905. Another look at copper country. "A modern smelter." With ... you need him Where has that errand boy gone to now? Michigan Smelter This is the Michigan Smelter at Cole’s Creek, west of Houghton (canal road), albeit the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2012 - 1:18pm -

Pennies From Hancock: 1905

A Big Load: 1890s
Michigan circa 1890s. "Logging a big load." Continuing our Michigan travelog. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing ... Here are a couple photos I used in our project about Michigan White Pine Lumbering in the mid 1800's. Logging in Upper Michigan ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 10:08am -

A Big Load: 1890s

Wequetonsing: 1906
Wequetonsing, Michigan, circa 1906. "The birches and the bay." 8x10 inch dry plate glass ... that, what a beautiful setting. between this and the other Michigan beach community photo a day or so back I'm dying for a time machine! ... needed Just point your car north and follow any of the Michigan coastlines. There are still plenty of small, idyllic towns and beaches ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2012 - 4:13pm -

Wequetonsing: 1906

Snow Depot: 1900
Circa 1900. "Michigan Central station, Ann Arbor, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/25/2017 - 5:40pm -

Snow Depot: 1900

Detroit of Detroit: 1904
Ecorse, Michigan. 1904. "Steamer Detroit , Michigan Central transfer, stern view from under." 8x10 inch glass negative, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2012 - 1:21pm -

Detroit of Detroit: 1904

Michigan Central: 1904
Circa 1904. "An engineer at his post, Michigan Central R.R." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing ... example was built by American Locomotive in 1902. The Michigan Central was a longtime subsidiary of the New York Central. Do The ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/26/2012 - 5:00pm -

Michigan Central: 1904

Over & Under: 1910
Detroit circa 1910. "Detroit River Tunnel, Michigan Central R.R." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2017 - 12:34pm -

Over & Under: 1910

Woodward Avenue: 1917
Detroit, Michigan, circa 1917. "Looking up Woodward Avenue." Dry plate glass negative, ... Hudson's Grows, and... Hudson's grew with Detroit, and perhaps inevitably, declined with Detroit. Cascade ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/24/2012 - 9:50pm -

Woodward Avenue: 1917

Fast Fraight: 1906
Ecorse, Michigan, circa 1906. "Great Lakes Engineering Works." Our title comes from the ... next to the barrels, no plates are visible. In 1923, Michigan Steel Mill started production (see Ecorse Michigan by Kathy Covert Warnes.) No gym membership required It's no ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/25/2017 - 10:54am -

Fast Fraight: 1906

Bustling Detroit: 1912
... their appearance in 1933's "Duck Soup" seem plausible. Did Detroit, the city built on the automobile, get rid of their old-fashioned ... Party, staunch Abolitionist, City Councilman, Governor of Michigan and tobacconist. Long before Detroit was the center of Automobile ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/29/2017 - 2:57pm -

Bustling Detroit: 1912

Bizarro Detroit: 1904
... one year: The Detroit hard at work . Ecorse, Michigan, 1904. "Great Lake Engineering Works. Steamer Detroit , Michigan Central Transfer, stern quarter." Or would that be Tiorted ? 8x10 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/04/2017 - 9:14am -

Bizarro Detroit: 1904

The Heart of Detroit: 1907
... play "The Man of the Hour."" D.M. Ferry and U of Michigan sports Dexter M. Ferry, the man behind the seed company in this ... and field venue, is named Ferry Field. Before today's Michigan Stadium, Ferry Field was the home of the football Wolverines, and the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/29/2012 - 10:13am -

The Heart of Detroit: 1907

Michigan Sugar: 1908
1908. "Michigan Sugar Co., Saginaw." Processor of sugar beets. 8x10 inch dry plate ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/31/2015 - 6:29pm -

Michigan Sugar: 1908

Family Cow: 1901
... Circa 1901. "Family cow -- The Firs, New Baltimore, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/24/2017 - 3:08pm -

Family Cow: 1901

Ferndale, Michigan: 1928
Nine Mile Road just west of Detroit's main thoroughfare, Woodward Avenue. Ferndale became a boomtown in the 1920s when Henry Ford created the $5 workday wage. His factory was located a few miles south on Woodward in Highland Park. Ferndale was ... 
 
Posted by kbreenbo - 09/19/2011 - 9:17pm -

Ferndale, Michigan: 1928

The Firs: 1901
Circa 1901. "The Firs -- New Baltimore, Michigan, from west." Our fourth look at this summer resort, where two ladies ... to be rolled right down. Demolished in 2005 From Michigan.gov The Firs, also known as the Hatheway House, located at 36240 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/21/2014 - 10:16am -

The Firs: 1901

First National: 1921
Detroit, Michigan, circa 1921. "First National Bank." The building that replaced the ... was advertised in the 1918 photo of the Pontch.) Since Michigan had in theory been dry since 1918, and the sign wasn't up before 1918, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/19/2017 - 3:44pm -

First National: 1921

The Library: 1901
"University of Michigan library reading room, Ann Arbor, 1901." Detroit Publishing Company ... represent, and what does the subject have to do with Michigan? Go Blue!!! Steam Heat What a unique shape for the radiator ... up very well against a century ago. Heroic Figure of Michigan The sad end of the plaster statue of Michigan is described here ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/26/2012 - 12:31pm -

The Library: 1901

Grant Park: 1911
... of the McCormick Building, at the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street, designed by Holabird & Roche and ... just about everything else you see in this view of the Michigan Avenue "Wall" is still standing. Grant Park: 2014 As Michael R ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/07/2014 - 5:17pm -

Grant Park: 1911

Dept. of Public Works: 1900
Ypsilanti, Michigan, circa 1900. "Water tower." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, ... Oh, yeah It's still there. I attended Eastern Michigan University, which is right across the street, in the early '90s. Even ... few years ago. I miss it so much! Thank you! More pics of Michigan Normal School Please! Suddenly I feel so inadequate. Ypsi! ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 9:13pm -

Dept. of Public Works: 1900
 
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