Shorpy Saturday – The Lincoln Store: 1925

By Jeffrey Buck

When I think of a car dealership… it’s usually expansive and not very elegant. That’s not always been the case. This picture of a city dealership in Washington, D.C. back in the 20s is not your average window shopping experience.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Lincoln Store: 1925“:

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Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “Exterior, Warfield Motor Co.” The Lincoln dealer whose service garage we recently saw here. In 1927 the company moved next door into the building on the left. National Photo Co.

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Hop on Over to Bunnyville, Detroit Zoo doubles the bunny fun with two-day event

Bunnyville - Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – An “egg-stravaganza” of family fun is planned for the Detroit Zoo’s 23nd annual Bunnyville celebration today, Friday, April 18, and tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-day event, presented by Meijer, features treats, games, crafts, live entertainment and animal enrichment.

Bunnyville visitors are encouraged to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Each guest with a food donation will receive a reduced admission price of $8. Admission for Detroit Zoological Society members is free, but members are encouraged to bring food donations.

Also supported by Tim Hortons and Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Bunnyville will include a Golden Egg Hunt, Funny Bunny Games, springtime crafts and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny (available for purchase). Guests can stop by the Whisker Painting Station, sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Michigan, for their official Bunnyville whiskers.

The Off Broadway Productions musical “The Bunny Follies” will be performed in the Events Pavilion at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle . For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Detroit Institute of Music Education, a New Music College, Launches in Downtown Detroit

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DETROIT – Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), a music education college dedicated to teaching the next generation of modern musicians, has announced its launch in downtown Detroit.

DIME’s temporary location at 1520 Woodward Avenue, between John R and Witherell, will serve as its admissions office and performance space. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the space and meet the DIME team and sign up anytime Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The space will also be equipped with a live stage and sound system, and will feature regular entertainment events. Bands and artists interested in performing in this space can contact the admissions office at 313-223-1600 or www.dime-detroit.com.

Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, DIME offers advanced music students a college-style experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. Prospective students can pursue a bachelor’s degree or diploma in Creative Music Performance, or sign up for part-time and summer music education programs. DIME expects to enroll 150 students for its 2014-2015 school year.

“The music industry is a complicated business and learning by experience can be a long route. DIME brings the information, encouragement and expertise to demonstrate how to build a successful career,” says Kevin Nixon, president of DIME. “Musicianswill be playing in bands, meeting industry professionals, mastering technique, promoting their own shows, developing their brand, arranging songs, and many other exciting career development activities. Most of all, DIME students will be part of a musical community of like-minded musicians and budding entrepreneurs.”

DIME is the third music education venture for serial entrepreneurs Nixon, Clayman and Dickinson. The trio’s most recent model grew to a multi-campus college with locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. DIME’s educational programs are built on the successful model pioneered by the founders. Michigan-based private equity firm Beringea has made a $3 million investment in DIME to fund the opening in Detroit.

“We’re excited to bring this innovative high profile, high impact business to Detroit and provide growth capital for its launch. DIME’s education model will attract creative, young people from all over the country to Michigan, while creating more jobs in the education sector,” said Charlie Rothstein, senior managing director and co-founder of Beringea.

DIME will formally open in September, when renovations are complete on the historicBamlet Building, located at 1265 Griswold Street and owned by Bedrock Real Estate Services.  The school will occupy more than 20,000 square feet of space on four floors of the seven-story, building in Capitol Park at the corner of Griswold Street and Grand River Avenue built in 1896.

“Detroit has always been known for its music and innovative culture,” said Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans. “It is fitting for the Detroit Institute of Music Education to open in the heart of downtown Detroit where the opportunities to create are endless. I can think of nothing more important than locating institutions that attract young talented people to the city. DIME is a unique entrepreneurial organization that has a proven strategy to develop top-notch musicians. The combination of Detroit’s DNA and DIME’s exciting educational model is going to be a huge success for the entire community.”

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About Detroit Institute of Music Education

Detroit Institute of Music Education (“DIME”) is a music education college dedicated to teaching the next generation of modern musicians. Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, DIME will offer advanced music students a college-style experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and music industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. Prospective students can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree or diploma in Creative Music Performance, or sign up for part-time and summer music education programs. Serious musicians can expect practical and real-world preparation for a career in the music industry upon graduation.

DIME will formally open in September, when renovations will be completed on the historic Bamlet Building in downtown Detroit. A pop-up space, located at 1520 Woodward Avenue between John R and Witherell will open Thursday, March 20 and will serve as a temporary admissions office and performance space for the college. For more information on DIME, visit www.dime-detroit.com or call 313.223.1600.

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Aadorable Aardvark Aarrives at Detroit Zoo

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Tom Roy/Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A female aardvark was born at the Detroit Zoo February 11, 2014, the third offspring for 10-year-old Rachaael and 11-year-old Mchimbaji. Named Kaatie, the calf weighed less than 4 pounds at birth and has since more than quadrupled in size. Mature aardvarks can weigh from 90 to 145 pounds and grow 5 to 6 feet in length.

“Kaatie is healthy and adorable, and seems to be enjoying her time with mom, nestling in close and nursing throughout the day,” said Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals Elizabeth Arbaugh.

Animal care staff have been monitoring Rachaael and Kaatie closely in the 30 days since the calf was born. Aardvarks are small and fragile at birth, and the mothers are sometimes clumsy and can accidentally injure their little ones. “We are ready to intervene should mom decide to roll over or get up for a snack,” said Arbaugh.

The aardvarks stay indoors during the cold-weather months but can be seen outdoors in their African Grasslands habitat across from the giraffes come spring.

The aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is an African mammal whose name derives from the Afrikaans word “earth pig”. The animal’s unusual appearance plays a role in its success as a forager. Its large ears point forward to enable it to listen for the sound of insects during nocturnal feeding forays. The snout is long and filled with hair that acts as a filter, letting scents in and keeping dirt out. Strong limbs and spoon-shaped claws can tear though the sturdiest of termite mounds and the most hard-packed earth, allowing the aardvark to trap insects with its sticky tongue, which can be up to 12 inches long.

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Shorpy Saturday – The New Chevrolet: 1957

By Jeffrey Buck

Rollin’ off the line…

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

The New Chevrolet - 1957

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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