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