With the recent groundbreaking for the M-1 light rail system along Woodward Avenue, it seems appropriate to share this c. 1927 photograph taken from a window on the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and Grand Boulevard overlooking streetcars, cars, and pedestrians along Woodward to the south.
Happy 313th birthday to the 313!
On this day in 1901, Detroiters decorated streetcar trucks as floats to celebrate their city’s 200th birthday. The float in the third image represented the fire of 1805, and included a person dressed as the Nain Rouge, who unfortunately was not on board when this photo was taken. The float in the bottom photo included a painting showing what they thought the Detroit of 2001 would look like including towering buildings and a suspension bridge spanning the river.
Please join us this afternoon in celebration at the Detroit Historical Museum’s Legends Plaza for food, drinks, and music from 6 to 8 p.m. Details are available here.
Early Detroit Images from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library
Automotive History Related Images from the Detroit Public Library
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Detroit’s 200th birthday celebration in 1901
Detroit is turning 313 on July 24th! We’ve put together a list of celebratory events happening throughout the week to bring in the city’s 313th year with a bang. Check them out below!
1. Detroit Historical Society is hosting events throughout…
The booms of a fire truck, and a utility company cherry picker truck are being used to lift a traffic signal cable that spans Mack Avenue, as the stove approaches.Large home appliances are always a pain to move, but be grateful you have never had to move an appliance as big as a team of volunteers did in Detroit in 1965. Prior to the dominance of the auto industry, Detroit was well known as the…
The 2014 APBA Gold Cup races are this weekend on the Detroit River. To mark this annual tradition, here’s a photo of “Wild Bill” Cantrell in his MY SWEETIE passing famous band leader Guy Lombardo’s TEMPO VI during the 1949 race, as spectators watch from the Belle Isle bridge. The old Uniroyal Tire Plant stands in the background. Many more hydroplane photos and objects are available in our online collection.
If you’re near Belle Isle for the races, visit the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and see the MISS PEPSI, as well as our new exhibit “Troubled Waters: Healing our Freshwater Habitats.”
This stereoscopic photograph was taken of Hazen S. Pingree’s funeral procession on July 6. 1901. The former mayor, governor, and Civil War veteran lay in state for two days at City Hall before being interred at Elmwood Cemetery.
A group of people pose outside of T.B. Rayl and Company’s hardware store on Woodward Avenue at Congress Street in this c. 1895 photo. Judging from the signage and wares displayed on the sidewalk, Rayl and Company offered everything from Detroit Stove Works’ Jewel line of stoves to baseball bats.
This c. 1895 image of the Star-Cole Line excursion steamer DARIUS COLE was scanned from a glass plate negative from the studio of Louis James Pesha. The COLE had a capacity of 1500 passengers, and ran between Port Huron and the company’s dock at the foot of Griswold Street in Detroit. Plans for the steamer are also part of the Detroit Historical Society’s collection.
Did you know Detroit was once a major center of the packaged seed industry? Through their catalogs, D.M. Ferry and Company sold seeds harvested from farms in the city to gardeners and farmers around the country. This page comes from one such catalog. Detroit’s Calvert Lithographing Company provided the artwork for Ferry’s catalogs, seed packets, and advertisements.