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Portrait of soprano Carlotta Franzell. Printed on front: “J. Abresch, N.Y.” Stamped on back: “Kindly give credit to James Abresch, 200 West 57th St., N.Y.C.” Label on back: “Carlotta Franzell, who originated the demure little Cindy Lou in the Broadway production of Carmen Jones returns in the role when Civic’s final offering opens at Masonic, Monday, February 28.” 1949.

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Detroit and the industrial region surrounding it, was plunged into semi-darkness as all except street lights and in war factories went out for fifteen minutes during a blackout drill on May 4, 1942. AP

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View of a woman worker taking a test for manual dexterity at the AC Spark Plug Division plant. Man’s hand holding stopwatch in foreground. Label on back: “Skill in turning the pegs a full turn helps select those girls with better manual dexterity.” Handwritten on back: “AC Spark Plug Div. Women workers.” 1942-45

  • Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library