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Boiled Dinners: 1910

Boiled Dinners: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Monroe Avenue and City Hall." Points of interest include, starting from the left, Pittsburg Dairy Lunch, Considine's (serving Budweiser Imported Pilsner Beer), McNamara Sign Co. (SIGNS, ELECTRIC SIGNS), the Detroit Billiard & Pool Room, McGough's Restaurant (Boiled Dinners 25¢; "We Draw the Best Glass of Beer in the City"), Gies's Restaurant, Sweeney's Billiards, the Hotel Fowler, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, the Hammond Building (and, rising behind it, the Ford Building), a "moonlight tower" arc lamp stanchion, and the bunting-bedecked City Hall. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Picking Over the Remains

Almost all of the buildings in this photo have disappeared. I believe that all that remains now are the Ford Building, the early part of the Penobscot Building peeking above City Hall, and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument (although that has been moved several hundred feet to the west).

As Strasbourg16 says below, all of the buildings on the left were torn down in 1990. They were cleared, after a lengthy preservation struggle and years of neglect, for a shopping center that was never built. here is some more information on these buildings and some photos of them both in their heyday and in their sad last days before demolition.

Also, looking at the stores on the Monroe block on the left (as well as the thorough lack of cars), I think the dating of this photo may be a little late and that it's more likely to be 1908 or '07.

Unelectric "Electric Sign" sign

It's interesting that the sign company's "Electric Signs" sign is not an electric sign.

The Johnson Block

This is now an empty lot across from the CompuWare building. The lower profile buildings are part of the Johnson block and dated from the 1850s. All of these buildings were demolished about 1990.

Like Mother used to make

Boiled dinners were a common meal in my childhood home as we all loved them and they were easy to make. Most common was the ham, cabbage and potato combo (Polish soul food), but you could also use corned beef, cabbage, carrots and spuds (Irish soul food), or the seafood version of a summer supper boil with shrimp, kielbasa, corn on the cob, potatoes, etc.

My mom was born in that year, 1910, and I never ate in a restaurant until I went on a class trip to NYC when I was fourteen. Years later, when I moved to the Southwest, I was amazed to see babies in high chairs eating chips and salsa in Mexican restaurants. How privileged I was to have a cooking mother who fed our faces as well as our souls.

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