Shorpy Saturday – The New Chevrolet: 1957

By Jeffrey Buck

Rollin’ off the line…

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The New Chevrolet: 1957“:

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October 1957. “Assembly line with 1958 Chevrolets.” 35mm Kodachrome by Phillip Harrington, one of 1,200 photos taken for the Look magazine assignment “GM’s 50 Years of Men, Money and Motors.”

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Shorpy Saturday – White Castle: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

Opening Day is getting closer. See if you can find the baseball scoreboard in the photo!

Take a look at the photograph entitled “White Castle: 1910“:

WHite Castle - 1910

Detroit circa 1910. “Griswold Street south from Michigan Avenue.” And a view of the recently completed Ford Building. 8×10 glass negative.

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Shorpy Saturday – Mirror, Mirror: 1942

By Jeffrey Buck

Detroit in 1942 was much different for many people but especially for African Americans. A photo in a series that depicted the life and conditions of those families during that period.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Mirror, Mirror: 1942“:

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February 1942. “Detroit, Michigan. Negro girl putting up her hair.” One in a series by Arthur Siegel documenting the life of a “typical Negro worker’s family” and the “conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.” Office of War Information.

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William Davidson Foundation Fund Grants $3 Million To Support Polk Penguin Conservation Center

Detroit Zoo - Polk Penguin House

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The William Davidson Foundation Fund has made a $3 million grant intention to the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) to support the development of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo. Construction of the $26 million facility will begin in the spring near the Zoo’s entrance.

“This very generous grant will help us create an extraordinary conservation center of international significance for iconic polar animals – penguins of Antarctica. The center will highlight that incredible ice continent and the dramatic effect of global climate change,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO.

“The Detroit Zoo is known regionally, nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of animal welfare, science education and visitor experience,” said Jonathan Aaron, president, William Davidson Foundation. “Research and personal experience tell us that having strong cultural destinations, like the zoo, promote the region’s growth and vitality. We are pleased to support this worthwhile and exciting project.”

More than 100 design, engineering and construction jobs will be created and sustained for the estimated two-year development period of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, and the facility will add several full-time employees to the DZS staff. With an associated annual increase of 100,000 visitors, the new attraction is expected to have a regional economic impact of several million dollars per year, adding to the $100 million economic impact the Zoo already has on the region.

Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic expeditions and epic crossings of the Drake Passage, the facility’s dramatic exterior design will evoke a tabular iceberg. The interior experience will feature 4-D effects such as arctic blasts, waves and snow, and will include a penguin “deep dive” with views above and below water as the birds dive and soar through a chilled 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area.

For more information or to make a philanthropic investment in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, visit http://dzoo.org/pcc.

The William Davidson Foundation, a family foundation, was established in 2005 in Detroit to honor its founder’s memory by continuing his philosophy of giving. It is committed to efforts to preserve and enhance Jewish life in the United States and abroad. In addition, the foundation is funding efforts to improve the economic prosperity of its home community in southeastern Michigan in order to make the region an even more desirable place to work and to live.

The William Davidson Foundation established the William Davidson Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in 2013.

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Guys and Dolls: 1942

By Jeffrey Buck

Chrysler has not called Auburn Hills home for ever. A spring day in Highland Park at the plant.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Guys and Dolls: 1942“:

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Spring 1942. “Detroit, Michigan. Girls coming out of the Highland Park Chrysler plant.” Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information.

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Leap into Conservati​on by Joining FrogWatch

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society is encouraging Southeast Michigan residents to hop to it and join the local chapter of FrogWatch USA. The “citizen science” program teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads by their breeding calls and gather and record data that supports a national network.

“We already know about the extinctions and crises amphibians face globally, but data is deficient in our own backyards. This program allows us to keep better records and monitor our native species for any changes that may occur,” said Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Amphibians Marcy Sieggreen.

FrogWatch remaining training classes for 2014 will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Thursday, March 6, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center. For more information or to register, contact Associate Curator of Amphibians Rebecca Johnson at rjohnson@dzs.org.

FrogWatch volunteers choose from locations throughout the tri-county area and monitor the sites for several weeks. Their observations provide valuable insight into whether amphibians in the region are declining or increasing or if new species are being found in areas where they have not been identified before.

More than one-third of the planet’s 6,000 amphibian species are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, climate change, pollution, infectious diseases and other factors. FrogWatch is intended to raise awareness of these environmental threats.

FrogWatch USA is a collaborative effort among the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums throughout the U.S. The program allows individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and to contribute to the conservation of amphibians.

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Shorpy Saturday – Maccabees of the World: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

Much can change in only a few years. Any guesses as to what replaced this beauty on Woodward?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Maccabees of the World: 1910“:

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Detroit circa 1910. “Knights of the Maccabees, Woodward Avenue.” Watch your step, and “Keys at Corner.” 8×10 inch glass negative.

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