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Main Street USA: 1912

Main Street USA: 1912

Circa 1912. "Main Street and Chippewa Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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What the hack

is "bric a brac"?

Still smell the horses

No motorized traffic allowed on Mackinac Island to this day.

Somewhere else

Mackinac Island does feel like it's somewhere (else) in time. It may be because so many of its buildings are still there.

The multi-gabled Chippewa Hotel is on the left, still open every summer. At least the first 4 buildings on the right are still there, but the steeple is gone from the third building.

We remember it fondly because we honeymooned there, well after the season in December; we were the only people in the hotel for a while.


If this isn't a colorized photo waiting to happen, I don't know what is.


Below is the same view from August of 2015.

I'd put this earlier than 1912

If this were ca. 1912 I think we'd see an automobile or two on the street. Judging by the women's clothes, I'd put it earlier, somewhere 1895-1905.

[You are obviously new to Mackinac Island, famous for being where cars are verboten. Also, count the stars on the flags. There are 48. - Dave]

Somewhere in Time!

Photo from the very year in which the movie was set.
No luck spotting Elise and Richard, though.

A favorite of the woman who was then my girlfriend, now my wife.

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