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Storefront window displaying women’s clothing, six mannequins wearing dresses and a suit, women’s dresses hanging on back wall, mirrors, lamps, potted plants and vases of flowers also in the window display. Written on the outside awning: “4145-Fit Rite Shoppe-4145.” c.1930

Harvey C. Jackson Collection.

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View of an advertising card for the Detroit Soap Co., depicting a rose, a bird and a winter landscape. Printed on front: “Detroit Exposition. Queen Anne soap souvenir. See other side.” Printed on back: “Queen Anne soap, best in the world. The finest line of pictures in the country, sent free for the wrappers. Over 400 designs, also scrap book pictures, booklets, etc., etc. See list of premiums wrapped around each cake. When in Detroit, visit the Queen Anne Soap Art Gallery, 183 Dix Avenue and see our great exhibition of pictures. No finer collection in the United States.”

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View of Ford building; multistory building has columns at entrance. Pedestrians, automobiles and streetcars in foreground. Printed on front: “Ford building, Detroit, Mich.” Printed on back: “Ford building, Detroit, Mich. Ford building is an 18 story office building, on the corner of Congress and Griswold. It is 250 feet high from the sidewalk and tourists can get a beautiful bird’s eye view of Detroit and Canada from the roof. C.T. Co., Chicago, A-2724.” Handwritten on back: “I have sent the package this is Thursday and if you are down Saturday stop in the Post Office and see if it is there. I would like to have her have it Sunday. With love, Clara.” Card is postmarked April 8, 1918.

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View of an urn with sculpted insects on surface sitting on a sculpted table with same design work as urn in the home of Frederick Stearns in Detroit, Michigan. Recorded in glass negative ledger: “D/Historic houses-Stearns, Frederick.”

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View of a man and woman in a boat on the Flint River in Flint, Michigan. Commercial buildings in background. Printed on front: “Scene along Flint River, Flint, Mich.” Handwritten on back: “Dear Friend, I want to no [sic] what time you will bee [sic] her [sic] so I can meet you Miss Valey is ofel [sic] bad. The doctor thinks she won’t even walk any more. Jim will bee [sic] her [sic] Monday after the [undecipherable]. Emma Williams.” Card is postmarked June 9, 1914.

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Letter to J.E. Sutterlin from Thomas A. Edison. Letter reads: “Dear Sir, It is essential that the phonograph diaphragm should respond to all sounds and give none of its own. Like the drum of the ear. Yours truly, Thomas A. Edison.” Stamped on front: “From the laboratory of T.A. Edison, Menlo Park, N.J., U.S.A.”

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View of miners posing in copper mine shaft at Calumet, Michigan. Printed on front: “10039. ‘Just up,’ ascending from the depths of a copper mine. Copr. Detroit Publishing Co.” Printed on back: “Phostint card. Made only by Detroit Publishing Co., trademark reg. U.S. Pat. Off.” Handwritten on back: “Arrived here about four hours later, fog on Superior. I don’t see your 'phiz’ in the car.” Card is postmarked June 9, 1911.

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View of an advertisement for the Detroit White Lead Works, depicting a house. Printed on front: “Detroit White Lead Works, established A.D. 1865. James H. Worcester & Co., Detroit, Mich. House tints or cottage colors. Ground solid in paste or mixed ready for the brush.”

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Two Queen Anne style homes on Vinewood with metal fences and trees near street. Recorded in glass negative ledger: “D/Streets-Vinewood.” Date unknown.

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View of an advertising card for L.L. Farnsworth, depicting a boy and girl. Printed on front: “Why cousin! You ought to get Joyce Protection toe shoes; they will never wear out at the toe! Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, N.Y.” Printed on back: “Parents, shoes made with the Joyce Protection will never wear through at the toe, are as neat as without any protection, and adapted to the finest quality of shoes. Thousands of pairs worn and never failed. We have them for sale. Give them a trial and satisfy yourselves of their utility. L.L. Farnsworth, dealer in boots, shoes and rubbers, Detroit, Mich. Fearey’s Albany shoes with Joyce Protection toes a specialty.”

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Detroit Boat Club clubhouse, a Shingle style structure built over the water of the Detroit River. Club members can be seen on the veranda and the footbridge which connects the building to the shore. Emulsion lifting from plate. Also have print from negative. Handwritten on albumen print mat front: “Detroit Boat Club house-Belle Isle Park.” Handwritten on print mat back: “Opened June 21, 1891 (see F. 6-22-1891). On Belle Isle.”

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February is National Bird-Feeding Month!

View of an advertising card for R.H. Fyfe & Co., advertising Edwin C. Burt shoes. Card depicts a girl feeding a bird. Printed on front: “Edwin C. Burt & Co., manufacturer of fine shoes, New York. Presented by R.H. Fyfe & Co., 101 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Mich. Copyrighted 1882, the Major & Knapp Lith. Co., N.Y.” Calendar for 1883 printed on back.

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Design drawing for Masonic Temple and the Hotel Albany. Written on photo front: “Designed for Masonic Temple & Hotel Albany, N.Y.” George D. Mason & Co., c1920.

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Man and boy stand next to snow sculpture of lion in a yard; wooden fence and brick church building in background. Recorded in glass negative ledger: “M/Localities-New Baltimore.”

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View of an advertising card for the Schilling Corset Company. Card is a humorous depiction of owls and frogs. Printed on front: “Dissipation. Compliments of Schilling Corset Co., Detroit, Mich. Copyright 1886. Richmond & Co., Buffalo, N.Y.” Price list and drawing of corset on back.

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View of an advertising card for the A.W. Curtis Laboratories. Printed on front: “Request complete information about the rubbing oil from your dealer. For quick relief from aches, pains, muscular soreness and tired feet use Curtis rubbing oil. Recognize our products by the trade mark Dr. George W. Carver, reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Accept no substitutes. The A.W. Curtis Laboratories, 6330 30th Street, Detroit 10, Mich.” Printed on back: “Did you know that Dr. Carver produced 300 products from the peanut? A.W. Curtis Jr. assistant to the late Dr. George W. Carver photographed in their laboratory while developing Curtis rubbing oil. The prophesy of a great scientist has come to pass. The late Dr. George W. Carver said of A.W. Curtis Jr., ‘Through you I see an extension of my work.’ As was predicted his work and traditions are being carried forward by the A.W. Curtis Laboratories. To see our complete line of products phone Tyler 5-9866 and a representative will call at your home, without cost, so that you might inspect them. Watch for the courteous Curtis dealer with the Carver products. It pays to wait. Your dealer [blank].”

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Martin Luther King and the Montgomery story : how 50,000 Negroes found a new way to end racial discrimination : December 5, 1955, walk to freedom. December 21, 1956, victory for justice. Title from cover. Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1957.

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