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The Way It Was – Michigan State Fair

Miss Michigan State Fair Lila Verslype poses with a calf called Playboy

The Way It Was – John Wayne, 1956

The Duke visited Detroit to crown the winner of the Miss Wayne pageant
detroit grand prix

The Way It Was — Detroit Grand Prix, 1982

The auto event was first held in the city 40 years ago
may day detroit

The Way It Was — May Day, 1930

Children whirl around the maypole at the Merrill-Palmer Institute in Midtown Detroit
tigers opening day ford family

The Way It Was — Opening Day, 1937

William, Josephine Ford, Eleanor, and Edsel Ford cheer on the Tigers
Birds of Flight

The Way It Was – ‘Birds of Flight,’ 1955

The mobile sculpture by Gwen Lux was situated outside Southfield's Northland Center
trumbull hospital

The Way It Was — Trumbull General Hospital, 1967

The medical center opened in the 1940s and was one of several area hospitals that cared for Black patients then
plymouth ice festival

The Way It Was — Plymouth Ice Festival, 1984

The event celebrates its 40th anniversary this year

The Way It Was — Uncle Toby and Captain Jolly, 1954

Toby David was known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices”
detroit chinatown

The Way It Was — Detroit’s Chinatown, 1962

The vibrant area included Chinese businesses and a few thousand Chinese American residents
Isiah thomas

The Way It Was – Isiah Thomas, 1981

The point guard spent his entire NBA career with the Pistons
Tony Spina

The Way it Was – Photographer Tony Spina, 1950

Spina worked at the 'Detroit Free Press' for more than 40 years
American Motors Corp.

The Way It Was – American Motors Corp., 1962

The former Detroit automaker was once a leader in presenting compact cars to the American consumer
Bicycling circa 1895

The Way It Was – Bicycling, Circa 1895

A more than 125-year-old photograph shows a woman peddling down Putnam Street in Detroit
Jerome H. Remick Bandshell

The Way It Was – Jerome H. Remick Bandshell, 1953

Music on Belle Isle Group is determined to bring the space back to life
charles mcgee

The Way It Was — Charles McGee, 1975

His work is on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and more
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

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