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Pardridge & Blackwell: 1915

Pardridge & Blackwell: 1915

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. "Pardridge & Blackwell department store." Many interesting details lurking in the corners here; note the phantom streetcar on the left and billboard advertising "Death-Daring Drivers" in a 24-hour auto race on the right. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Wehying Bros.

Wehying Brothers jewelers is still in business in Detroit today. They've moved about a mile up Gratiot Avenue, not too far from the location in the photo.

A Shorpilu Production

Someone cue Wilbur Hatch!

re: Why?

And then there are all the women and little girls not wearing coats.

Why?

It looks like melting snow on the street, but I can't figure out if it's that, or from a very brief rain shower.

[That's street-cleaning water. Posters on the billboard are advertising events in June. - Dave]

No fair, you guys using reading and observation. You probably have opposable thumbs, too.

Ghosts

A couple of ghost platoons. Perhaps some Starship Troopers? (First one who figures that reference gets a free internet.)

Mild day

There's a lot of open windows for a winter's day!

[Why do we think this is winter? - Dave]

Christmas Shopping

This reminds me so much of F & R Lazarus Department store in downtown Columbus when I was a child. They had a giant globe on the roof with a big "L" on it that lit up at night, and at Christmas they would drape lights from it to form a Christmas tree that could be seen for miles in any direction. They were also famous for their animated Christmas windows, and Santaland in the basement. The store is gone now, a victim of multiple mergers and corporate takeovers, and i haven't been to downtown Columbus since. All of my childhood landmarks are gone, so I'll stick with memories ... and Shorpy!

I found an image of the Lazarus store lit up for Christmas..had to share!

Fly free, little one!

This delights me.

P & R

I did a double-take when I saw the title of this photo come up.

Back in the 1970s up until quite recently, there was a popular PARTRIDGE & ROCKWELL appliance store in Greenwich, Connecticut, where we bought most of our major appliances back then. The name of this Detroit store naturally caught my eye.

Long Gone

P&B eventually became Crowley's. This building was torn down in the late 1970s, and the Crowley's chain went under in 1999.

A perfect Valentine's pic

for lovers with initials P&B.

Crowley's

The store became Crowley Milner. I remember the wooden esclators.

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