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Watch the Fords Go By

Watch the Fords Go By

August 1912. "Campus Martius and Detroit Opera House." With much interesting signage. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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I wonder

I wonder just what was the timing of demolishing an entire cityscape. All at once, one property at a time... my mind just can't get around the change.

[As noted in RDown3657's comment below, this is not the location of the 1912 photo; it's merely where the fountain was relocated, some six miles distant. -tterrace]

thanks... I thought the open area was that park.


Does the Shorpy Building of 1912 Detroit have a gallery of pictures of the future?

60 Corkers

Is quite likely the show on at the Opera House, this from the St. Petersburg, Florida Daily Times in 1913:

Baker Street ?

Not too familiar with early American autos but a bit of googling suggests there may be a Baker Electric auto in the bottom centre of the picture?

Great place to spend an afternoon

Grab a quick lunch downstairs at the Majestic, pick up a new topcoat at Elmer's, tell the New York Central guys why you like the Pennsy better, then tell the Pennsy guys why their line will never match the NYC, shoot a couple rounds of nine-ball, and top it all off with a visit to the Shorpy Building!

"Human Sale"?

Wasn't that made illegal about 50 years prior?

I've been trying to figure out the rest of that sign with no luck.

Giant sale

I think I'd like to stop into the "Human Sale" store and buy one or two.

Mostly gone

About the only thing still in existence in that photo is the Merrill Fountain in the center of the photo. But, alas, even that was moved to Palmer Park, six miles north of downtown, in 1926, and it hasn't had water flowing through it since 1950. But it's there.

In the Good Old Summer Time

is probably the best known composition of George "Honey Boy" Evans, billed at the opera house.

Get 'em while they last

A Human Sale 3 or so doors down from National Clothing.

Lots of good people watching in this one. It's amazing how much expression can be read into these small, fleeting figures.

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