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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

Michigan Riviera: 1910
... Several landmarks stand out, all on Fort Street: - Michigan Central Railroad Depot, on the left, demolished - Fort ... importance to buoyancy, and who was a consultant to the Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Ferry Company, owners of these ferries. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/12/2018 - 10:51pm -

Michigan Riviera: 1910

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

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

Michigan Avenue: 1909
Lansing, Michigan, circa 1909. "Michigan Avenue from the Capitol." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit ... the photo in the earlier comment is from, but this is Michigan Avenue from the Capitol steps. My Hometown Dave's photo depicts ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/13/2018 - 5:25pm -

Michigan Avenue: 1909

The Accident: 1906
November 12, 1906. "Accident at Michigan Central R.R. depot, Detroit." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, ... Central conductor.         Detroit, Mich. Nov. 12. -- One man was killed and a number of others injured, ... Executive Summary         Detroit, Nov 12 -- A switch engine ran wild in the Michigan Central yards this ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/09/2018 - 5:18pm -

The Accident: 1906

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

Michigan Plungers: 1910
Circa 1910. "Afternoon plunge, Saint Clair Flats, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/21/2018 - 5:51pm -

Michigan Plungers: 1910

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

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

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

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

The Hat That Talks: 1908
Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908. "Monroe Street." Your headquarters for chatty chapeaux. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/19/2018 - 12:28pm -

The Hat That Talks: 1908

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 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

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

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

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

Gordon Pagel Bread: 1900s
... was my born in 1888 in Detroit and later moved to Caro, Michigan. He passed away in Saginaw in the 1970s. Gordon Pagel subsequently ... 
 
Posted by whr717 - 06/25/2018 - 9:30am -

Gordon Pagel Bread: 1900s

Alma Sanitarium: 1902
Circa 1902. "Alma Sanitarium, Alma, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Lycurgus Solon Glover, Detroit ... pictured is still there, in a way. Over the years Michigan Masonic added a new main building and others, repurposing most of the ... This building is not incorporated in the current Michigan Masonic Home building. This building is located near downtown Alma on ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/12/2018 - 8:05pm -

Alma Sanitarium: 1902

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

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

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

East Grand: 1910
Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "East Grand Boulevard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/26/2018 - 12:56pm -

East Grand: 1910

One-Ninety: 1912
Wyandotte, Michigan, circa 1912. "Detroit Ship Building Co. Steamer No. 190, main engine ... Many of her aircraft are scattered on the bottom of Lake Michigan. My first guess was City Of Detroit III, but her hull number was ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/09/2018 - 12:13pm -

One-Ninety: 1912

Sunday Funnies: 1947
Our Michigan mom (last seen here ) is back with the kids and Grandpa, paging ... have the same pretty auburn hair as Mama! (Kids, Michigan Kodachromes) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/19/2018 - 7:20pm -

Sunday Funnies: 1947

Fine Arts: 1903
Chicago circa 1903. "Fine Arts Building, Michigan Avenue." Now playing at the Studebaker Theatre: Castle Square Opera ... building, with a good view of Grant Park and Lake Michigan from its front windows. I took a tour in the 90s, and found it to be ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/11/2018 - 8:39pm -

Fine Arts: 1903

Ghost Ship: 1909
... "Launching party, freighter Benjamin Noble , Wyandotte, Michigan." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/15/2018 - 4:04pm -

Ghost Ship: 1909

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
 
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