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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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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.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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