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Hello Sappho: 1905

Hello Sappho: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Steamer Sappho at Belle Isle Ferry dock, Woodward Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Lycurgus S. Glover. View full size.


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Modern View

If Woodward Avenue still carried through all the way to the Detroit River, and if Sappho still rode poetically on its chop, this would be your viewpoint looking SSE into Windsor, Ontario.

The land of leaning men

Trying hard to find male of the species who is not leaning on something. Maybe the guy waiting to buy tickets?

A Boatload of History

Shorpy has visited this neighborhood before. Built in Detroit, Sappho took passengers to Belle Isle, Detroit's public playground (larger than Central Park, and partly designed by the same Frederick Law Olmsted). Sister ferries Columbia and Saint Clair carried folks to the Canadian-side Boblo amusement park -- built by the ferry company owners.

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