Detroit Historical Society
Brodhead Armory
Postcard, c. 1946.

Postcard, c. 1946.

One of Detroit’s historic landmarks currently at risk of demolition is the Brodhead Armory, also known as the Detroit Naval Armory. This limestone Art Deco building was constructed in 1930 and designed by William B. Stratton, husband of Mary Chase Stratton who founded Pewabic Pottery. It can be found on the south side of East Jefferson Avenue, nestled between Gabriel Richard…

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Celebrate National Comic Book Day by doing the mouse with Soupy Sales, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Pookie, and White Fang in this special issue from 1965.  Milton “Soupy Sales” Supman started out on Detroit’s WXYZ in 1953.  His show was picked up for national broadcast by ABC in 1959.  Judging from this comic, this wider exposure brought him a following in Archie’s Riverdale.  Several stories are contained within, including one where Archie interrupts Veronica’s father, Mr. Lodge, while he is trying to watch The Soupy Sales Show.  Luckily, the issue doesn’t include a meeting between “the meanest dog in Detroit” White Fang, and Jughead’s beloved Hot Dog.

Celebrate National Comic Book Day by doing the mouse with Soupy Sales, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Pookie, and White Fang in this special issue from 1965.  Milton “Soupy Sales” Supman started out on Detroit’s WXYZ in 1953.  His show was picked up for national broadcast by ABC in 1959.  Judging from this comic, this wider exposure brought him a following in Archie’s Riverdale.  Several stories are contained within, including one where Archie interrupts Veronica’s father, Mr. Lodge, while he is trying to watch The Soupy Sales Show.  Luckily, the issue doesn’t include a meeting between “the meanest dog in Detroit” White Fang, and Jughead’s beloved Hot Dog.

Perhaps you’ll want to take some inspiration from 1939 for your fall wardrobe?  These photos were taken of fall window displays at the Crowley, Milner and Company Department Store in downtown Detroit, by photographer Davis B. Hillmer.  In addition to fall fashions, these displays carried a secondary theme—the 1939 New York World’s Fair.  Among the peaked hats, furs, and shoes are posters and miniatures representing the fair’s Trylon and Perisphere, Marine Transportation Building, Motor Transportation Building, and Communications Building.

William Bushnell Stout: Automotive

William Bushnell Stout: Automotive

Cutaway drawing of a Stout Scarab, 1932.

Cutaway drawing of a Stout Scarab, 1932.

1935 Wrigley Scarab

1935 Wrigley Scarab

In addition to aircraft, Stout Engineering Laboratories also designed several automobiles during the 1930s-1940s, the most notable of which is the Stout Scarab. The Scarab featured many innovative designs, including a spacious interior, a configurable seating arrangement, and a small card table, making the Scarab a predecessor of the…

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Detroit waved farewell to the Boblo boat COLUMBIA this week, as it was pushed to Toledo to undergo restoration for a new phase in its career as a sight-seeing boat along the Hudson River.  The COLUMBIA, built in Wyandotte by the Detroit Ship Building Company in 1902, carried generations of passengers down the Detroit River to the Boblo Island amusement park for 89 years.  The aging COLUMBIA and its sister ship STE. CLAIRE made their final voyages for the park on September 2, 1991, and the park closed its gates two seasons later.  The STE. CLAIR remains in the area, and is the focus of an ongoing project to raise funds for its restoration by its current owner.

William Bushnell Stout: Skycar

William Bushnell Stout: Skycar

Skycar, c. 1930.

Skycar, c. 1930.

William Bushnell Stout worked for Ford as a designer until 1930 when he left to pursue designing aircraft and automobiles at his Stout Engineering Laboratory. The most notable aircraft designed by Stout during this time was the Stout Skycar, which was a lightweight personal aircraft intended to be as simple and affordable as a personal automobile. Four variations of the Skycar…

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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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