Vintage Cars in Vintage 3D: Classic Packards in and Around Detroit

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The Packard Proving Grounds had their fall open house yesterday. We’ll have stereo photos from the event posted once they’re aligned and edited, but in the meantime here are some vintage 3D photos taken in the late 1920s by the Keystone View Co. of classic Packards in locations in and around Detroit. The photos are available in the Online California Archive and their scans include the photographers’ handwritten notes for location, cropping, color tinting etc. The information for the photo above says that it was taken in Detroit. The original large format glass negative was apparently damaged so I cropped the photo, but from the uncropped original below, you can see that those columns are the front of Angell Hall on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.  I’ve been trying to locate an owner of a classic Packard willing to let me recreate the image. If you know someone who owns a Model 733 Packard, please let me know. Also, I’m pretty sure that most of the other photos were taken in Detroit’s Boston-Edison district, Indian Village and possibly Grosse Pointe. If you can help identify the locations, that would be appreciated.

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