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River City: 1901

River City: 1901

Detroit circa 1901. "Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharf." No loafing allowed! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Too bad

I was born about seventy years too late. What a terrific photo!


Is the captain getting a hug and a kiss from a long skirted member of the fairer sex?

[Darn, he's not. -tterrace]

Festival of hats!

Between the skimmers, boaters, bowlers, fedoras (crushed or not), and a dozen more besides, there's every variety of topper here, and to each one its social class.

They had to put up a sign?

The band surely was an attraction for this crowd, but why would loafers be such a problem at other times that they had to erect a sign?

Top Cats

It appears that simply standing around sporting your hat, with your arms akimbo, was a pastime in itself.

Uncannily familiar

Just try to look at the bow of the Idlewild and not think of Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party". The men here are better dressed, but between the women's garb and that striped awning, it's an amazing resemblance.

The Tashmoo

was scrapped in 1936 after hitting a rock and finally sinking after reaching a dock in Amherstburg, Ontario. Here's a view of her from happier days, a 1907 postcard.

Where's Harold?

Looks like the "Professor" has already high-tailed it out of town!

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