Local History Photos

Man Looking at Chicken on Lap, BL005499


Man Looking at Chicken on Lap, BL005499

Read about Saline Valley Farms in Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now.

Bentley Image Bank: BL005499

Keywords: farms, farming, agriculture, Saline Valley Farms, poultry



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Henry Otto's Band


Henry Otto's Band

Henry Otto's band in front of the old courthouse.

Read more in Otto's Band by Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Founders: The Music Makers.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.



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Signal of Liberty


Signal of Liberty

An issue of the Signal of Liberty, Ann Arbor's abolitionist newspaper.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman, Pictorial History of Ann Arbor: Churches, Theater, and Newspapers, and Ann Arbor Founders: Ann Arbor, Abolition, and the Civil War.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Summary: Bentley, nobib; pictorial history?



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Fred Dupper


Fred Dupper

Fred Dupper behind the counter of his shop.

Read more in 439 Fifth Street: From Drinking Spot to Play Yard by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Louis Velker.


People: Fred Dupper

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Hog Barn, BL005447


Hog Barn, BL005447

Read about Saline Valley Farms in Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now.

Bentley Image Bank: BL005447

Keywords: farms, agriculture, farming, Saline Valley Farm



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Allen's Creek meets Huron River below Argo Dam


Allen's Creek meets Huron River below Argo Dam

Invisible for most of its course, Allen's Creek emerges to join the Huron below Argo Dam.

Read more in The Rise and Fall of Allen's Creek by Grace Shackman, Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town, and Industry and Recreation on Allen Creek.

Image courtesy of Stan Shackman.



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Detroit Observatory & Director's House


Detroit Observatory & Director's House

The Observatory with the director's house on the west side. While Brunnow was able to live in the president's house, Watson, the next director, needed a home, so one was built that connected to his office in the Observatory.

Read more in The Detroit Observatory by Grace Shackman, Ann Arbor Streets: University of Michigan Campus, 1907, and 1308 East Ann Street by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL001681


Places: 1308 East Ann Street

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The Whitney Theater


The Whitney Theater

The Whitney, 117-119 North Main, originally a venue for traveling stage shows, in 1917 showed Birth of a Nation as if it were just that. The early movie was touring the United States with a twenty-piece orchestra.

Read more in Cinema's First Century by Grace Shackman.
Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL004797


Places: 117-119 North Main

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Construction of the new Schwaben Verein, 1914


Construction of the new Schwaben Verein, 1914

Construction of the Schwaben Verein.

Read more in The Story of the Schwaben Halle by Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Streets: Germans on Ashley Street.

Image courtesy of Bill Mundus.


Places: 215 S Ashley St

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Postcard of Michigan Central Depot


Postcard of Michigan Central Depot

No amount of fine detailing—stained-glass windows, French tile floors, and even its own garden and fountain—could mask the depot's location in what was then a gritty industrial district. The dark mass looming on the left in this early postcard was the huge illuminating gas plant on Broadway.

Read more in The Michigan Central Depot by Grace Shackman, 401 Depot Street by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg, and The Finest on the Line.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL004910


Places: 401 Depot Street

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