Detroit Historical Society
A man pushes a cart loaded with sacks of potatoes along Russell Street in Eastern Market in a 1972 photo from our Documenting Detroit collection.  The Documenting Detroit collection consists of photographs taken by Center for Creative Studies students during the 1970s and ’80s, often centering on locations slatted for redevelopment during this era.

A man pushes a cart loaded with sacks of potatoes along Russell Street in Eastern Market in a 1972 photo from our Documenting Detroit collection.  The Documenting Detroit collection consists of photographs taken by Center for Creative Studies students during the 1970s and ’80s, often centering on locations slatted for redevelopment during this era.

William Bushnell Stout: Ford Motor Co. & Stout Air Lines

William Bushnell Stout: Ford Motor Co. & Stout Air Lines

Stout standing underneath a Stout 2-AT Pullman, “Maiden Dearborn”, 1925.

Stout standing underneath a Stout 2-AT Pullman, “Maiden Dearborn”, 1925.

After the failure of his military aircraft designs, William Bushnell Stout began a private fundraising campaign and ultimately raised enough money to establish the Stout Metal Airplane Company, which was soon purchased by Ford Motor Company, becoming the Stout Metal Airplane Division of the Ford Motor Company. He developed…

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The Detroit Lions begin their regular season with a home game against the New York Giants tonight.  To help kick off football season, here’s a program for an exhibition game between the Detroit Lions and the Western Army All-Stars, a “million dollar team” put together of army recruits containing college and professional players.  These military teams played the remaining members of regular teams in games to raise funds for military service-based charities.  Although the All-Stars beat the Lions 12-0 that day, we can take solace that three days later the Giants suffered a worse defeat to the All-Stars, at 16-0.
Many more Detroit Lions-related objects are showcased in our online collection.

The Detroit Lions begin their regular season with a home game against the New York Giants tonight.  To help kick off football season, here’s a program for an exhibition game between the Detroit Lions and the Western Army All-Stars, a “million dollar team” put together of army recruits containing college and professional players.  These military teams played the remaining members of regular teams in games to raise funds for military service-based charities.  Although the All-Stars beat the Lions 12-0 that day, we can take solace that three days later the Giants suffered a worse defeat to the All-Stars, at 16-0.

Many more Detroit Lions-related objects are showcased in our online collection.

William Bushnell Stout: Early Military Aircraft

William Bushnell Stout: Early Military Aircraft

Stout Batwing under construction in a Motor Products Corporation plant, 1918.

Stout Batwing under construction in a Motor Products Corporation plant, 1918.

William Bushnell Stout was one of the most pioneering automotive and aviation designers of the early twentieth century. He was Chief Engineer for the Scripps-Booth Automobile Company beginning in 1914 and several years later joined the Packard Motor Car Company as its General Sales Manager. Stout became Packard’s Chief…

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In this c. 1976 photo a woman has nicely accessorized her Detroit t-shirt with a pin bearing the then motto of the Junior League of Detroit, “…get to know me better!”
From now until September 28, 2014, the Detroit Historical Museum’s Community Gallery is host to an exhibit telling the story of the Junior League.  Visit the museum and get to know them—and Detroit—better.

In this c. 1976 photo a woman has nicely accessorized her Detroit t-shirt with a pin bearing the then motto of the Junior League of Detroit, “…get to know me better!”

From now until September 28, 2014, the Detroit Historical Museum’s Community Gallery is host to an exhibit telling the story of the Junior League.  Visit the museum and get to know them—and Detroit—better.

Happy Labor Day!  To mark the occasion, we have a photo of Wayne country members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees marching in the 1955 Labor Day parade along Woodward Avenue.  

For many, Labor Day weekend in Detroit is synonymous with jazz.  This year Hart Plaza is home to the 34th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival.  These two photos, taken circa 1982, show the early years of the festival.  Our online collection also features a selection of jazz festival posters from past years.

Back to School
Doty Elementary on 3rd Street (Steve Shaw, c. 1980)

Doty Elementary on 3rd Street (Steve Shaw, c. 1980)

It’s that time of year again – shopping for supplies, waiting for the bus. If you attended grade school in the Detroit area, maybe it’s been a long time since you saw a picture of your elementary school, or maybe that school is no longer even standing.
These are examples of the schools of which you can find many images in our online digital…

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This 1934 $weet $ally coin-operated roulette machine was installed aboard the Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Company passenger steamer GOODTIME, which had previously sailed for the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company as both the CITY OF DETROIT and the CITY OF DETROIT II.  As a “trade stimulator” game, goods—often cigars or drinks—rather than cash were awarded by an attendant.

The Cadillac Chair or the Chair of Justice, depicted on this c. 1904 postcard, was a throne-shaped monument that was installed in Detroit’s Cadillac Square to mark the city’s bicentennial in 1901.  Unfortunately the chair’s porous limestone was vulnerable to the elements, bringing authorities to use sledgehammers to tear down the crumbling chair in 1941, finishing what nature had begun.

The Cadillac Chair or the Chair of Justice, depicted on this c. 1904 postcard, was a throne-shaped monument that was installed in Detroit’s Cadillac Square to mark the city’s bicentennial in 1901.  Unfortunately the chair’s porous limestone was vulnerable to the elements, bringing authorities to use sledgehammers to tear down the crumbling chair in 1941, finishing what nature had begun.