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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.

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The Commuter: 1910

The Commuter: 1910

Ann Arbor, Michigan, circa 1910. "Michigan Central railroad station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The Same View Today


"The Awakening of Helena Richie" opened on Broadway in September 1909, closed in January 1910, and went on tour in the spring of 1910. Elsie Janis, born Elsie Beerbower, was a multi-talented composer and entertainer whose play "The Fair Co-ed" was touring the country that same spring. Returning in the 1920s to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, she would live, ironically, in a house across the street from the football stadium. The route from this place to that place is known by heart to most Wolverines: "South until you smell it, then east until you step in it."

Dramatis Personae

Stage stars Elsie Janis (in "The Fair Co-ed") and Margaret Anglin ("The Awakening of Helena Richie"), two big names now almost completely forgotten.

Ann Arbor Lineman

Up a pole off in the distance.

401 Depot Street

This is a restaurant called the Gandy Dancer now.

Why is the guy in the horse and buggy not only on the wrong side of the road, but seems to be charging the camera?

I got a ticket once right about where they guy is walking.

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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