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What Goes Around: 1912

What Goes Around: 1912

The year is 1912 and the place is Detroit. What's going on here? View full size.

UPDATE: Many people correctly identified this as the beginnings of a gas holder, or gasometer -- a storage reservoir for what used to be called "city gas," or coal gas (as opposed to the natural and LP gas that we use now). The original caption: "April 4, 1912. Foundation for gas holder, Detroit City Gas Company."

 

John Quill: 1910

John Quill: 1910

Circa 1910. "Sternwheeler John Quill, packet steamer." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Upstairs, Downstairs: 1910

Upstairs, Downstairs: 1910

Probably Detroit circa 1910. "Gas Company." A worker with pipes and an air compressor. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

White Hunter: 1900

White Hunter: 1900

Circa 1900s. "Billy and his mistress in hunting poses." One of eight curious portraits of this statuesque pair, who appear almost whitewashed. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

By the Sea: 1915

By the Sea: 1915

Circa 1915. "Surf bathing at Atlantic City." Where not all the suits are for swimming. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Yale Crew: 1913

Yale Crew: 1913

June 1913. New Haven, Connecticut. "Yale Freshman 8." A motley crew and its coxswain. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

On Pleasure Bent: 1905

On Pleasure Bent: 1905

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905. "Three little maids on pleasure bent." Which I guess would be the 1905 equivalent of "Girls gone wild." Show us your elbows! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ye Alpine Tavern: 1913

Ye Alpine Tavern: 1913

Mount Lowe, California, circa 1913. "Ye Alpine Tavern on Mount Lowe Railway line." Our second look at this mile-high Swiss-style chalet that was the end of the line for passengers of the Mount Lowe scenic railway. As we saw in the video clip accompanying the previous post, excursionists got a spectacular ride for their fare (which in the railway's opening year of 1893 was a hefty $5). 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size | Continue reading

 

Adios, Vizcaya: 1900

Adios, Vizcaya: 1900

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Texas, tampion of 12-inch gun made of metal from the Spanish cruiser Vizcaya, recording engagements of Texas in the Spanish War." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wayne County Building: 1910

Wayne County Building: 1910

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "Wayne County Building." The Motor City before it got very motorized. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 

Streetcar to the Sky: 1913

Streetcar to the Sky: 1913

Mount Lowe, California, circa 1913. "Electric car at Ye Alpine Tavern, Mount Lowe Railway." This Swiss-style chalet in the San Gabriel Mountains was the upper terminus (elev. 5,000 feet) of an 1890s scenic and incline railway that started in Altadena, with streetcar connections all the way to the main terminal at the Pacific Electric Building in Los Angeles. The railway and associated resorts, including the 70-room Echo Mountain House, were gradually obliterated by fire and flood until, by 1940, nothing was left. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Henry Page: 1863

Henry Page: 1863

August 1863. "Bealeton, Virginia. Army of the Potomac headquarters. Captain Henry Page, Assistant Quartermaster." Seen here a few weeks ago minus his two-legged friend. Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Larkspur, Calif.: 19xx

Larkspur, Calif.: 19xx

Your task: answer the following about this photo, taken in my former hometown.

1. What year was it taken?
2. Identify the cars.
3. What the heck's going on here, anyway?

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First National: 1921

First National: 1921

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1921. "First National Bank." The building that replaced the enormous but short-lived Hotel Pontchartrain, a favorite subject of the Detroit Publishing Co. along with the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, another landmark seen here in the vicinity of Cadillac Square and the Campus Martius. Note the traffic control tower and the tally board labeled DETROIT STREET TRAFFIC KILLINGS. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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