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The Shape of Things to Come: 1912

The Shape of Things to Come: 1912

August 31, 1912. "Dime Savings Bank and Detroit City Hall." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Yucca, Yucca

Believe it or not, here in Ottawa, many people grow yucca. It is hardy enough to withstand an Ottawa winter.

Tombstone Folks in Town

Don't make a misstep on the girders -- but if you do, the National Retail Monument Dealers Association is in town.

Peeping Tom

So what is the guy on the first window ledge doing? I love the untold stories in these snapshots of a time long lost.

Tropical Detroit

City Hall front lawn corner. Are those palms and yucca plants I see?

A palm tree in Detroit

I doubt landscape architects or workers would put palm trees these days outside public buildings in such northern latitudes.

[But they do. Then as now, it's in a a big planter. - Dave]

What a Contrast

between old and new! The Second Empire style city hall building was completed in 1871 and demolished in 1961.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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