The Way It Was

Hudson’s Northland

The Way It Was – Hudson’s Northland in Southfield, 1956

1956, Hudson's Northland in Southfield

The Way It Was – Aretha Franklin, 1980

When it came to crossing musical boundaries, Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) covered more territory than Lewis and Clark.
TWIW Better Made Chips

The Way It Was – Better Made Snack Foods, 1971

Crrrrunch! Countless Detroiters have emitted that satisfying sound after tearing into a sunflower-yellow bag of Better Made potato chips.
TWIW The Leland Hotel

The Way It Was – The Leland Hotel, 1940

Detroit’s grandest hotels have all experienced rough patches. The Tuller and Statler never pulled through and were razed, while the Book-Cadillac and Fort Shelby were abandoned for decades before being refurbished.
TWIW Cadillac Coffee Co

The Way It Was – Cadillac Coffee Co., 1937

In the pantheon of the famous Detroit food and beverage manufacturers, Cadillac Coffee Co. doesn’t have the same brand recognition as Stroh’s, Vernor’s, Vlasic, Kowalski, Sanders, Better Made, Awrey’s, or Faygo, but Cadillac has roots that reach back 130 years, to 1888.
Womens Swim Team

The Way It Was – Detroit Yacht Club’s Women’s Swim Team, 1929

To some, the summer pursuit of “going swimming” means simply lolling about in the water, floating on one’s back, or perhaps ensconced in an inner tube, quaffing a potent libation.

The Way It Was – Crowley’s Mezzanine Tea Room, 1941

In our casual, sometimes downright shabby culture, it’s difficult to imagine a time when people gussied up before going out to dinner, lunch, or even tea.
Ginsburg Branch, Detroit Public Library

The Way It Was – Ginsburg Branch, Detroit Public Library, 1916

The Ginsburg branch, named after Detroit Public Library board member Bernard Ginsburg, who was also a successful businessman and philanthropist of Jewish charities, opened in 1916 at 91 Brewster St.
The Way It Was - The Detroit Club

The Way it Was – The Detroit Club, 1937

The Detroit Club may stand just four stories high, but it commands a towering presence in the city’s history. The Romanesque Revival private club at Cass and Fort in downtown Detroit, opened its doors in 1892 but its founding dates to a decade before.

The Way It Was – Detroit City Airport, 1970

Detroit was flying high in the 1920s, both economically and socially, but also on a more literal level. Henry and Edsel Ford opened the Ford Airport in Dearborn in 1924, touted as one of the world’s first modern airports.

The Way It Was – The Brazeal Dennard Chorale, 1975

Lifting their voices in song are members of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, directed by its namesake, circa mid-1970s.

The Way it Was – Packard Motor Car Company, 1912

“Ask the man who owns one,” was the luxurious Packard Motor Car Company’s advertising slogan, and if you asked this man, he could tell you plenty about the allures of the Packard.

The Way It Was: Staff Edition

Following his first Christmas, a 10-month-old Thomas Klug stares up at the tree in his family’s Warren home in January 1957.

The Way it Was – Comedian Soupy Sales, 1956

Comedian Soupy Sales loved children as much as he enjoyed taking a signature cream pie to the face.
The Way It Was 1930 The Great Depression

The Way It Was – The Great Depression, 1930

The Great Depression hit the world like a sucker punch, but it slammed Detroit like a tsunami. Cars being more or less a luxury than a necessity back then, the manufacturing of automobiles narrowed to a wafer-thin production, and countless workers lost their jobs.

The Way It Was – Alex Karras, 1970

As a burly defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, Alex Karras faced many a fearsome foe through the years, but none quite like this: an armor-clad knight. But with poleax in hand, Karras looks determined to crush his opponent.

The Way It Was – Eastern High School, 1907

1907, Eastern High School

The Way It Was – Detroit Express, 1982

Detroit Express soccer championship, 1982

The Way It Was – Midtown Neighborhood, 1929

Midtown neighborhood, 1929

The Way It Was – Berkley, 1959

Berkley’s shopping district, 1959