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Factoryville: 1901

Factoryville: 1901

Chelsea, Michigan, circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, general view." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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There are at least two weathervanes visible here. The one on the tall pole on building No. 12 has an apparatus for measuring wind velocity, if I am not mistaken.

Home of the Ranges

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Somebody give me a hand

Let's grab that handcar and go for a ride. Oh, how I've always wanted to do that!


Thought the company name had something to do with the manufacturing process, but in fact Glazier Stove Works was owned by Frank Porter Glazier.

Cool Picture

I like this picture a lot. Especially the "Railroad Crossing" sign, and the two men at the bottom at the screen. The man on the right looks like he's translucent.

Like Topsy

It looks as if the factory "just grew," with a small house right in the middle and various sizes and shapes of buildings going up as needed. And they were equally casual about corporate identity back then. It's like the brass just let the sign painter pick his own lettering style for each building. Or her own, in the case of the one with the little flowery things.

What a great model train layout

I can imagine a huge person in the background, towering over this scene, and a giant hand setting that two-horse freight wagon in place on the other side of the tracks. Lionelville, nexxxxt stop! Get yer tickets ready.

Private Siding

In the days before trucking, imagine the convenience of being able to load heavy goods directly into freight cars parked on your own siding. Almost makes it seem easy.

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