Detroit 1942: Rush Hour
Traffic at 5:30 on 2nd Avenue at West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. July 1942. The General Motors Building is at left. Here's the same intersection today, seen from the other direction. The picture was taken from the 28-story Fisher Building (green copper roof) across the street. Kodachrome by Arthur Siegel.
Detroit, July 1942. Looking east on Farnsworth Street with the Rackham Memorial Building at right and Detroit Institute of Art on the left. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel.
The Motor City
Note the four yellow streetcars while looking south along Woodward Avenue from the Maccabees Building at Warren Avenue, with downtown Detroit in the distance. July 1942. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel.
Detroit, July 1942. Looking north on Woodward Avenue from the Maccabees Building with the Fisher Building at the distant left, and the Wardell Hotel at the right. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel.
Looking Up Woodward Avenue
A bustling vista of Detroit, circa 1917. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
Campus Martius, Detroit
The Dime Savings Bank rises behind City Hall as horse-drawn carts, streetcars, and a few automobiles navigate Detroit's streets, circa 1915. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
Factories pump smoke and steam into the sky along a canal in Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.
Construction crews dredge the Livingston navigation channel at Stony Island along the Detroit River on an icy day, circa 1910. Panorama of three 8x10 inch glass negatives, Detroit Publishing Company.
Detroit's Campus Martius at Night
Detroit's Soldiers and Sailors Monument is surrounded by illuminated advertisements for Kellogg's breakfast biscuits and Goodrich Tires, alongside the Detroit Opera House and Elmer's shop for suits and furs. Detroit Publishing Company.
Moonlight Towers and Steeples
Looking up Woodward Avenue from Grand Circus Park toward Central United Methodist Church, Detroit's "moonlight tower" arc lamp scaffolds compete with church steeples, circa 1908. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
Gratiot Avenue from Woodward
A streetcar passes the Detroit Dental Depot and the Henry C. Weber hardware store on Gatroit Avenue near Woodward Avenue, circa 1908. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
Cadillac Motor Car Company
Railroad cars line up outside the Cadillac Motor Car Company factory in Detroit, Michigan, circa 1908. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
Welcome to Detroit
Detroit City Hall and Campus Martius, circa 1900: To the left, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument; rising to the right is one of the city's "moonlight tower" carbon-arc lamps. Palm trees and bananas strike a tropical note. At the fore, elegantly-dressed women shop at a cart while gentlemen recline against their bicycles. 8x10 inch glass negative by Lycurgus S. Glover, Detroit Publishing Company.
Wayne County Building
The Wayne County Building as seen east from the Majestic Building. The view, circa 1903, includes a couple of the city's arc-lamp "moonlight towers." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
Detroit Opera House and Wonderland Theatre
The Detroit Opera House and Wonderland Continuous Voudville Theatre stand at the Campus Martius, across from City Hall, circa 1900. Photo by Lycurgus S. Glover, Detroit Publishing Company.
Detroit N.E. from Chamber of Commerce
Detroit circa 1899. The elevated vantage affords an excellent view of at least a dozen of the city's celebrated "moonlight tower" carbon arc lamps -- giant electric fixtures 165 feet tall, each illuminating several blocks. 8x10 inch glass negative.
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