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The Photochrom Co.: 1902

The Photochrom Co.: 1902

Circa 1902. "Photochrom Co. Building, Detroit." Where Detroit Photographic's giant glass negatives were transformed into their raison d'etre -- millions of colorized postcards. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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Photochrom Company building, side view

About half a year ago Shorpy presented us the side view of this building.

Brick work

I really like the chevron and parquet patterns here.

Found the location in the 1898 Detroit City Directory

In 1898, the Photochrom Company was located at the corner of Linden and 13th Streets.

I happily went to Google Maps ... to discover there is no 13th and Linden anymore.

Next step was finding an old Detroit map from 1895, to find that Linden Street is now Seldon Street, and 13th Street is now (for whatever reason) Vermont Street!

Thus the building was located at what is now the northwest corner of Seldon and Vermont, which is now occupied by a big imposing brick structure belonging to the DelMar Corporation.

Spring thaw

That is some mighty intimidating mud filling the streets.

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