Monthly Archives: July 2006

We pardon the interuption…

July 31, 2006

OK, for those regular readers who have wondered why the posting has been so sporadic lately, the reason because Bell sucks. They are my ISP at home, and I have been recieving intermittant service at home over the last few months. They have sent a technician from both the phone side and the internet...

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Fisher Body – Fort & Livernois

July 28, 2006
Fisher Body – Fort & Livernois

To the corner of Fort & Livernois for today’s P.D.J. This handsome peice of automotive history was built in 1928 The same artist who painted the windows at the U.A. prior to its superbowl wash also did the former offices of Fisher Body. Does anyone know the significance of the “S” and the “C”?...

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Walkerville – 1899 – Part III

July 26, 2006
Walkerville – 1899 – Part III

Today is the thrid and final installment. An interior view of one of the warehouses. This one claimed to hold 20,000 barrels A view of the bottling line. Must have been comfortable to work all dressed up A view of the train station (demolished), the Jubilee Fountain (erected in 1887, now in Willistead Park,...

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Walkerville – 1899 – Part II

July 25, 2006
Walkerville – 1899 – Part II

Continuing the tour, today is part II… The Directors lunch room. Looks almost the same, and is today the corporate art gallery. A few views of the hallways of the offices. The animal heads are however gone. A view looking towards the river. The buildings on the left are long demolished. The rack warehouses....

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Walkerville – 1899 – Part I

July 24, 2006
Walkerville – 1899 – Part I

Into the time machine today. We’re heading back to 1899, back when Walkerville was still a separate town. Out of this town came this little promotional booklet… PERHAPS very few small places are so widely known in every country of the civilized world as this little town of Walkerville, named after Mr. Hiram Walker,...

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RIP – Joseph Nicola DeLauro – 1916 – 2006

July 16, 2006
RIP – Joseph Nicola DeLauro – 1916 – 2006

Joe Delauro a taleneted sculptor and one of the few remaining links back to the old generation of sculptors passed away last Tuesday, July 11th at his Novi home at the age of 90. Here’s a brief obituary from this past Saturday’s Windsor Star: Ex-prof pioneered fine arts program Artist’s sculptures part of cityscape...

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Hudson Mausoleum

July 14, 2006
Hudson Mausoleum

Today’s grave is that of J.L. Hudson. Hudson was born in England, and came to Detroit via Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Hudson built a vast retail empire, that spanned all over Michigan. Hudson’s Department stores were the anchor tennant at many area malls. After being accquired by Target, the Hudson’s name was phased out, and...

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Hecker Mausoleum

July 13, 2006
Hecker Mausoleum

Located in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery, this is the final resting place of Frank Hecker. Hecker who was a leading industrialist of his day, is probably best remebered for his mansion located at Woodward & Ferry near the DIA. Never one to not be showy, Hecker comissioned architect Standford White of New York to design...

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Grinnell Mausoleum

July 12, 2006
Grinnell Mausoleum

This handome grave is the final resting place of Clayton Grinnell, who formed one half (along with his Brother Ira) of the Grinnell Brothers Company. Grinnell Brothers produced Pianos, Organs and other music related items like sheet music. This mausoleum was designed by the Lloyd Brothers of Toledo, OH, and includes the family crest...

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