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Collection of 21 b&w publicity photos of Downtown Detroit Days from 1958-1960, 1965-1967, and 1973. Photos taken by Central Business District Association, The Detroit News, Jerry Demprock, Barbara Angelo and Russ Marshall, a few images donít list the phot

20 are 8 x 10, one is 6.75 x 5. Light wear, creasing, soiling, spotting, a few are missing a corner, small tears, glue stains on reverse else good. Three photos lack information on reverse but contents are definitely from this event. In the 1950s suburban shopping malls were starting up, which began to affect business in downtown areas. Even the mainstay of downtown Detroit, Hudson's, opened a new store in the suburbs. The local downtown merchants association came up with a plan to make shopping more attractive to their customers. Downtown Detroit Days began in 1958 and offered enticementssuch as reduced bus fare, discounted merchandise and of course freebies. These photos show some of the activities: Happy Clown Contest, the ribbon cutting ceremony, sing alongs, square dancing, a sketch artist. There was also a contest to choose Miss Downtown Detroit Days. In the crowd shots, various storefronts of now long departed businesses can be seen. Downtown Detroit Days operated in the spring, summer and fall seasons, the majority of the photos are from various fall time periods. Downtown Detroit Days is making a comeback with suburban shops bringing their merchandise to downtown storefronts for specified dates in the summer. Sold as a lot only.

Book Id: 98-5125

Price: $95.00

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