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Boblo Island Steamers: 1901

Boblo Island Steamers: 1901

Detroit circa 1901. "Windsor ferry dock, Woodward Avenue. Steamers to Bois Blanc Island (Boblo Island), Ontario." We're signed up for the 3:30 excursion, but only if Zickel's Orchestra is playing. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Where they were steaming off to

History of the park on the island here.

More on the Steamer Excelsior

Can be found here.

Boblo, misplaced

Unless it migrated after 1901, Bois Blanc Island isn't in Lake Huron -- it's in the Detroit River, just above Lake Erie.

[Bois Blanc Island, Michigan, is indeed in Lake Huron. Bois Blanc Island, Ontario, however, is in the Detroit River. Shorpy regrets the error. - Dave]

Did they play the Kalamazoo corset song?

Zickel's Orchestra, 1903

"Zickel was well known in Kalamazoo and made a respectable career out of composing promotional songs and marches for well-known businesses, including “American Beauty March & Two Step” (1908), “My American Beauty Rose” (1910), and “My American Beauty Girl” (1912) for the Kalamazoo Corset Company."

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