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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
RKO Uptown

The Way It Was – RKO Uptown

The theater was a neighborhood staple

The Way It Was – Fyfe’s Shoes, 1933

1933Detroit’s association with the automobile industry is rock- solid, earning it the enviable sobriquet “The Motor City,” but the city once had a much more...
Briggs Stadium

The Way It Was – Briggs Stadium, 1958

Briggs Stadium, 1958