Local History Photos

Eli Gallup's house after the Delhi tornado, 1917


Eli Gallup's house after the Delhi tornado, 1917

The tornado demolished the house that Eli Gallup was renting and threw his Model T across the road.

Read more in Delhi Village by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Al Gallup.


Date: 1917

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Delhi after the 1917 tornado, looking south.


Delhi after the 1917 tornado, looking south.

Delhi after the 1917 tornado, looking south.

Read more in Delhi Village by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Al Gallup.


Date: 1917

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Prochnow's Dairy Lunch, 1918


Prochnow's Dairy Lunch, 1918

For almost four decades, Theodore Prochnow's lunch counter was part of a "busy and vibrant" block opposite the old courthouse. This photo was taken near the end of World War I; Prochnow is probably the man third from left.

Read more in Prochnow's Dairy Lunch by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Doug Price.


People: Theodore Prochnow
Date: 1918

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The Curb Market on N Fourth Ave, 1920s


The Curb Market on N Fourth Ave, 1920s

The Curb Market, the original Farmers' Market in Ann Arbor.

Read more in The Farmers' Market Bounces Back by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.


Date: 1920

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Francis Kelsey & archaeology team in Egypt, 1920s


Francis Kelsey & archaeology team in Egypt, 1920s

Kelsey (in dark suit) personally chose Karanis in Egypt as the site for the U-M's first archaeological dig, then persuaded Horace Rackham to finance the expedition.

Read more in The Remarkable Legacy of Francis Kelsey by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL006424


Date: 1920

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The Michigan Theater shortly after opening, ca. 1928


The Michigan Theater shortly after opening, ca. 1928

The Michigan Theater opened in 1928 as a silent movie palace. The next year they switched to talkies.

Read more in Cinema's First Century by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.


Date: 1928

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Majestic Theater, ca. 1928


Majestic Theater, ca. 1928

Majestic Theater, 316 Maynard, started life as a stage venue before showing movies. The marquee advertises Clara Bow in Red Hair, released in 1928.

Read more in Cinema's First Century by Grace Shackman, Ann Arbor Founders: Movies Come to Ann Arbor, and Ann Arbor Founders: The Michigan Theater.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.


Places: 316 Maynard St
Date: 1928

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Employees outside the Ann Arbor Co-Operative Society Gas Station


Employees outside the Ann Arbor Co-Operative Society Gas Station

Employees posed proudly outside the Ann Arbor Co-Operative Society's gas station in the late 1930. (I. to r.) Milt Kemnitz, Zilpha Olson, Bill Kemnitz Jr., Bill Kemnitz Sr., and Winifred Proctor.

"Corner of Catherine and Detroit Street. This is now Argiero's restaurant." - Wystan Stevens

Read more in The Ann Arbor Co-Operative Society by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.


Places: 301 N Fifth Ave
Date: 1930

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WPA Construction of the Farmers' Market, ca. 1939


WPA Construction of the Farmers' Market, ca. 1939

Although the site of the market since 1931, construction on the Farmers' Market in Kerrytown didn't begin until 1938 as a WPA project.

Read more in The Farmers' Market Bounces Back by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Summary: Bentley, nobib; aastreets


Date: 1939

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Dexter Streetscape, 1930/1940 (ca.) BL000350


Dexter Streetscape, 1930/1940 (ca.)  BL000350

Read about The Legacy of Judge Dexter in Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now.

Bentley Image Bank: BL000350


Date: 1940

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