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cooley high school

The Way It Was – Detroit’s Cooley High School, 1944

The Detroit firm behind The David Stott Building, St. Aloysius and Most Holy Redeemer churches, and the first section of the Penobscot Building built the school in 1928
Detroit Public Library

The Way It Was – Main Detroit Public Library, 1950

The Woodward Avenue building continues to be a showstopper

The Way It Was – Nacirema Club, 1924

The state's first African American social club still stands today
Ulysses Grant’s Home

The Way It Was – Ulysses Grant’s Detroit Home, 1885

The 18th president of the United States once lived on East Fort Street with his wife
city hall

The Way It Was – Old City Hall, 1920s

Young carolers sing in front of the municipal tree, behind which stands the seat of Detroit’s government

The Way It Was – The Masonic Temple, 1926

When the limestone, Gothic-style building swung open its doors, it was an event
the ghoul

The Way It Was – The Ghoul, 1977

The local TV personality was more "foolish than ghoulish"
rosh hashanah detroit

The Way It Was – Rosh Hashanah, 1934

Beth David was located in what was then a predominantly Jewish enclave

The Way It Was — Goose Lake International Music Festival, 1970

The festival featured Jethro Tull, Chicago, the Stooges, and more
ss aquarama

The Way It Was – SS Aquarama, 1960

The ship had space to transport 2,500 passengers and their automobiles, too
eastwood park

The Way It Was – Eastwood Park, 1937

This amusement park wasn't all fun and games
TWIW Flo Ballard

The Way It Was – Flo Ballard, 1969

The Supremes' singer, who died at the age of 32, pushed for more leads on songs
Westown Theatre 1936

The Way It Was – Westown Theatre, 1936

The Westown Theatre enjoyed only about three decades of life before closing circa 1967
Remembering Ralph Bunche

The Way it Was – Ralph Bunche, 1952

A look at the childhood home of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom winner
Detroit Cougars

The Way It Was – Detroit Cougars, 1926

Detroit’s first NHL team played in Canada its first year
The Hammond Building

The Way It Was- The Hammond Building, 1950

Detroit’s first skyscraper, which fell victim to demolition in 1956
Armistice Day

The Way it Was – Armistice Day 1941

After the Pearl Harbor attack, Detroit, with its mighty auto, tank, and plane factories, forged into the forefront
nylon wars

The Way It Was – Nylon Wars, 1946

Debuting in the late '30s, nylon was revered by women for its durability and fit
Aqua Follies

The Way It Was – The Aqua Follies

The synchronized swimming group stunned in a 1954 Belle Isle performance

The Way It Was – Traffic Jam, 1947

A visit to Canada proved to be less than relaxing for some vacationers

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