Saginaw Waterfront, 1912 in the Panoramic Photograph Collection

Saginaw Michigan Waterfront, c1912

Saginaw Michigan Waterfront, c1912, photo Courtesy Library of Congress.

Needs to be seen bigger.

This photo is part of the Panoramic Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress, which:

…contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. These panoramas offer an overview of the nation, its enterprises and its interests, with a focus on the start of the twentieth century when the panoramic photo format was at the height of its popularity. Subject strengths include: agricultural life; beauty contests; disasters; engineering work such as bridges, canals and dams; fairs and expositions; military and naval activities, especially during World War I; the oil industry; schools and college campuses, sports, and transportation… The images date from 1851 to 1991 and depict scenes in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. More than twenty foreign countries and a few U.S. territories are also represented. These panoramas average between twenty-eight inches and six feet in length, with an average width of ten inches.

If you click through and search for “Michigan” you can see a lot of cool panoramas like Camp Grayling, 1921, downtown Bay City and the workers of the Michigan Tanning and Extract Co. of Boyne City.

Check the comments below for a guide to what you’re looking at in the photo!

2 thoughts on “Saginaw Waterfront, 1912 in the Panoramic Photograph Collection

  1. I can not thank you enough for this post. The link to the Library of Congress will prove invaluable to my research on a novel I’ve been contemplating. (It won’t get written for a while, but I know where to find the info.) Again, thanks again. I haven’t done any panoramic photos since I gave up large format 3 years ago. Now, I regret that and will have to reconsider.


  2. Over on the Flickr page for this photo Ann & Alan noted:

    This view is looking east down Genesee Avenue toward M-13 (Washington Avenue). Note that the left side (north) of the image no longer “exists” since I-675 now cuts through there. What I love about the image is the number of pedestrians on the bridge and the boats docked along the Saginaw River. Certainly a different era (and city) than today!


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