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Shorpy Saturday – Tailgate Gourmet: 1960

By Jeffrey Buck

Football is upon us; both college and NFL. Along with football comes the tradition of tailgating before games across the country. Nothing says football like an old station-wagon sitting in The Big House filled with all those tasty foods.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Tailgate Gourmet: 1960“:

Tailgate Gourmet - 1960

 

Fall 1960. A Kodachrome by our old friend Arthur Rothstein, taken for the Look magazine assignment “Tailgate Gourmets.” “Food for tailgate picnics displayed in the backs of station wagons, including a Ford Country Squire, a Dodge Lancer, and a Pontiac Bonneville Safari parked in a football stadium. Also images of a couple wearing raccoon coats standing next to their Dodge Lancer.”

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Become a Member Today!

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House | Woodward SPine 2013

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House | Woodward Spine 2013

By Jeffrey Buck

I’ve written about this subject before but as I travel throughout the year to new places I am always reminded how important it is to support our local attractions. In hard times and in good these great places are always in need of local support to fund upkeep, special exhibitions and events. Detroit and its surrounding communities have an extensive amount of historical places that are great for local residents and tourists alike. I’m currently a member of the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak Historical Society and the Henry Ford and want to continue to support others each year. Below is a list, by no means complete, of some of our great institutions you can support.

The Detroit Zoo | detroitzoo.org
The Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak, Mich. Memberships range from $43 to $160 depending on size of family and where you live. Open year round with hours that vary by season.

The Henry Ford | thehenryford.org
A membership gives you access to both the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Memberships range from $45 to $600. Members receive discounts to IMAX movies, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and much more.

Pewabic Pottery | pewabic.org
Members receive discounts to the Museum Store and Galleries. This historic institution dates back to 1903 and is located on Jefferson Ave. Typical memberships range from $25 to $150.

Preservation Detroit | preservationdetroit.org
Preservation Detroit is known for its spectacular walking tours. A leader in the preservation of Detroit’s architectural history they offer several events throughout the year. Membership levels range from $20 for a student to $2,500 for the Founder’s Circle.

Detroit Institute of Arts | dia.org
The DIA has one of the greatest collections of art. Although supported by the tri-county area you can still become a member. Membership dues are $60 and up.

Motown Museum | motownmuseum.org
The Motown Museum does not currently offer memberships but can be supported through its Annual Fund. The historic set of houses on Grand Blvd. are a Detroit landmark. The museum also accepts the donation of artifacts.

Meadow Brook Hall | meadowbrookhall.org
Open year round this National Historic Landmark is a gathering place for many throughout the year. Memberships start at $100 and include admission, discounts and more. Meadow Brook is also always looking for volunteers.

Detroit Historical Society | detroithistorical.org
Having just gone through a large-scale renovation there’s no better time to become a member. Membership levels start at $25 for the “Researcher” level. Become a member of the Dossin Maritime Group for an extra $20.

Royal Oak Historical Society | royaloakhistoricalsociety.com
This Detroit suburb offers great exhibits in a former fire station. Single memberships are $10 and a family membership is $18.00. Members receive free admission to the museum as well as newsletters and special event alerts throughout the year.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House | fordhouse.org
Located on 80 acres of lakefront property, this historic home is absolutely gorgeous. Members enjoy many benefits starting at just $25 for a Grounds Pass. Enjoy a guided home tour as well as an iPod Touch tour of the grounds.

Michigan Science Center | mi-sci.org
Formerly the Detroit Science Center, this family friendly attraction is better than ever. Memberships start at $35 for students and only $75 for a Family. Benefits include free admission, discounted IMAX admission and many more discounts.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History | thewright.org
Become a member of the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience for as little as $25 for a college student and $65 for a family. Located near the Michigan Science Center and DIA, make a day out of all three.

Belle Isle Conservancy | belleisleconservancy.org
For as little as $10 you can become a member of a group dedicated to preserving the largest city-owned island park in the USA. The island is home to some of Detroit’s greatest attractions including the Detroit Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and Belle Isle Nature Zoo.

Are you a member of a group not on the list? Please let us know so we can include it.

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Shorpy Saturday – Dodge Noir: 1948

By Jeffrey Buck

Although this is a photograph of a dealership in NYC; it says Detroit all over it. I spent some time at Meadow Brook Hall this past weekend and the Dodge Brother’s money has done some great things for the Detroit area.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Dodge Noir: 1948“:

Dodge Noir - 1948

March 24, 1948. “L Motors, business at 175th Street and Broadway, New York City. General view. Morris Lapidus, client.” Need a new car? Go straight to L. Large-format acetate negative by Samuel H. Gottscho.

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Shorpy Saturday – The Automobile

By Jeffrey Buck

As Chrysler, Ford and General Motors continue to recover from the near meltdown of a few years back I’ve selected a few photographs that are automotive related. None of the photos were taken in Michigan but offer a glimpse into times when the automobile culture was much different; from design to fuel to presentation.

Take a look at the photographs entitled:

Downsized: 1977“:

New Chevrolet meets Old Cadillac circa 1977 in Medford, Mass., on the corner of Mystic Avenue and Harvard Street at a service station whose name escapes me. Not the best time for American cars!

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Full Service: 1940

May 1940. “Wiping off windshield at service station in Cairo, Illinois.” 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

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Lincoln at the Capital: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. “Ford Motor Co. — Lincoln at Capitol.” The Great Transportator. National Photo Company glass negative.

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Automakers take a hands-on approach at Cleveland Auto Show

Woodward Spine © 2012

The 2012 auto show season rolled on last weekend, as automakers sent their fleets of vehicles into northeast Ohio for the Cleveland Auto Show.

The show, which bills itself as one of the biggest and longest-running in the nation, is held at the International Exposition Center. It continues through this weekend.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for seniors and preteens. Children six and under get in free. Parking is free.

This year’s show opened up to a renewed sense of optimism, with car sales trending upward and increased levels of attendance at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Fiat coming to Woodward

By Jeffrey Buck

Still looking to snag one of those new Fiat 500s? Well it’s going to get a little easier for those metro Detroiters cruising along Woodward Avenue through Birmingham.

Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is currently constructing their new 14,000 square foot showroom in the former Baker Furniture building at 34500 Woodward Ave. The new showroom will have a small service center but most services will be offered at their Telegraph location.

Woodward Spine © 2011

The new showroom located just south of Maple (15 Mile) will join the already established luxury brands offered by the Fred Lavery group including Audi, Porsche and Land Rover on the east side of Woodward.

In the future the showroom could also display the Alfa Romeo brand which is preparing a 2012 USA comeback. Both brands are a part of parent company Fiat S.p.A. headed by CEO Sergio Marchionne.

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Check back with the Spine for more on the construction progress and grand opening.

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2011 NAIAS Recap

The 2011 North American International Auto Show is officially in the books, which means among many other things that the anticipation for the newly featured cars to hit the streets is bubbling, and that Autorama will soon fill up the Cobo Center floor space. The 2011 show was critical for the domestic automakers, as it was the first real glance into their post-bankruptcy production—and they delivered.

Mike received four tickets from the folks at a local Chevrolet dealership who recently leased him a Malibu, so we took our wonderful girlfriends, Ashley and Emily, out for a Friday night in the city to take in the auto show excitement.

The show seemed to be a bit flashier than the last couple years but still lacks that high energy, exclusive feel of the car companies’ “good ole days.” Still missing are those elite VIP areas that once were positioned above each car maker. Jeep lacked its’ familiar outdoorsy atmosphere complete with a fountain that spells words and a rock climbing wall. Free giveaways were rather scarce, and the displays are dominantly flat and simple. It’s evolved from an awe-inspiring spectacle to just a flashy showroom.

Read our thoughts on this year’s NAIAS after the jump:

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