Fading Ads of Detroit
"Fading Ads of Detroit" by Robert C. Allen
Across Detroit, fleeting symbols of the past hide in plain sight, behind weeds and under veneers of paint. Demolishing a vacant building among empty storefronts on the west side uncovered the telltale gold and green of a Vernors Ginger Ale sign, preserved almost as vibrantly as the artist intended. In faded red, white and blue, Mac-O-Lac Paint makes an expired pitch to passersby on Gratiot near Eastern Market. On the east side, Mohawk Rock and Rye still declares itself the "World's Finest!" Carhartt, Stroh's and Faygo appear in odd, deserted places. Detroit Free Press journalist Robert Allen sifts through these advertising fossils, exposing the gripping stories connected to the Motor City's historic rises, falls and eccentricities.
Detroit Engine of America
"Detroit: Engine of America" by R.J King This is the story of how, starting in 1701, a crude French settlement along the Detroit River became, in 1900, the birthplace of the automotive...
The Kwame Sutra: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
"The Kwame Sutra: Musings on lust, life and leadership from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick" Compiled by M. L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer. From Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters M.L. Elrick and Jim...
Rosie, A Detroit Herstory
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