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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 Motor City: 1942

The Motor City: 1942

Looking south along Woodward Avenue from the Maccabees Building at Warren Avenue, with downtown Detroit in the distance. July 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel. Note the four yellow streetcars.

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Sloe Gin

A 56-year-old billboard just worked its last trick. Noticed the Sloe Gin advert about 2 blocks up, and just had to go and pour a glass.

[More like 66 years, but that's gin for you. - Dave]


Looks like there's one on every block. Now that's service! Unless you're going into the city. All the trolleys look like they're going outbound.

[Our other Detroit portrait by Arthur Siegel shows a streetcar in profile view, toward the top of the picture. - Dave]

Warren Avenue

The location is actually at Woodward and Warren Avenue in Detroit, not the city of Warren.

[Fixed. Thanks! - Dave]

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