Friday, April 25, 2008

1881 Detroit, Wilmer Brookes, printing bookstore

This wonderful photo hollers to us from about 1881. Brought to my attention by a constant contributor to the American Book Trade Index, Mr. WS. Thanks!! This is one of several from 19th Century Detroit.

If you visit the image on the ABTI you can see it at a larger than life level to see it ain't books out on the table on the walk there. What follows is the info posted on the Detroit Public Library's website, where this info was found.

Antonio Dondero's wicker furniture factory

Three-story brick building, with "A. Dondero" on pediment. Men and boys stand by wicker furniture and baskets on sidewalk. Signs on building read: Detroit Willow Ware Manuf'ry, A. Dondero; photograph gallery; Willmen & Brookes, book & job printers. Brick buildings on both sides. Embossed on photograph front: "B.F.R.B. (?)." Handwritten on mat back: "North side Monroe Ave. bet. Farrer & Randolph, about 1881."

1 photographic print mounted on mat board ; image 8.25 x 6 in.

Reproduction of photograph from the Burton Historical Collection

Courtesy: Detroit Public Library


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