Detroit Historical Society
Congratulations to 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Spinners and the Marvelettes!  
While the Spinners may have left Motown for Atlantic the 1970s, where they became associated with producer Thom Bell’s “Philedephia sound,” they still maintained their hometown prided as evidenced by this 1975 U.K. tour poster.  To avoid confusion with the British folk group of the same name, the Spinners were billed as the “Detroit Spinners” during their tour of the British isles.

Congratulations to 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Spinners and the Marvelettes!  

While the Spinners may have left Motown for Atlantic the 1970s, where they became associated with producer Thom Bell’s “Philedephia sound,” they still maintained their hometown prided as evidenced by this 1975 U.K. tour poster.  To avoid confusion with the British folk group of the same name, the Spinners were billed as the “Detroit Spinners” during their tour of the British isles.

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2015 Rock Hall Nominees: The Spinners
One of the world’s most beloved R&B vocal groups, the Spinners were a hit-making machine at Atlantic Records, where they came to define the Philadelphia Sound that dominated pop and urban radio and dance clubs in the 70s.
Learn more about the Spinners at the Library and Archives. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominees!
Detroit as viewed from the window of an airplane, c. 1940.
Marine Pollution Control

Marine Pollution Control’s barges, the BUDA I and BUDA II, pictured at the company’s dock on the Rouge River.

Marine Pollution Control’s barges, the BUDA I and BUDA II, pictured at the company’s dock on the Rouge River.

Since 1967, Detroit Marine Pollution Control has helped defend that “pleasant peninsula” touted in the Michigan State motto. The firm has grown from their modest headquarters on the Rouge River to respond to ecological disasters around the world, including the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill and…

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This 1899 map showing the different varieties of paved roads in Detroit goes out to the Monday evening Slow Roll crowd.

This 1899 map showing the different varieties of paved roads in Detroit goes out to the Monday evening Slow Roll crowd.

Detroit’s Song

Detroit’s Song

The Detroit Schottisch, 1854

The Detroit Schottisch, 1854

We all know “New York, New York” and “Sweet Home Chicago”, but does Detroit have its own quintessential anthem? Browsing through the many hundreds of sheet music titles in our online digital collection, you will come across dozens of pieces that have been written about the city through the years. Most were probably published with the hopes of becoming that one song to…

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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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