YOU'RE AN OLD DETROITER IF...
You ever played in the "Big Ditch" as I-94 was being built.
You took a "moonlight cruise" to Bob-Lo with Captain Bob-Lo or
took the bus to
You remember cheering from one end of the tunnel to the other while going to Belle Isle.
The big stove was on
You rented bikes or rode horses or the horse drawn carriages on Belle Isle. You rented canoes and paddled from one end of the island to the other. Raced model sailboats. Golfed after dark at the lighted Belle Isle par three course.
You shopped at Hughes and Hatcher, B. Siegel, Peck and Peck, Himelhoch's,
Federal's, Kerns, or
The "Street Cars" ran on tracks down the center of Gratiot. The "car barns" were at Gratiot and Harper and the turntable was called the "Ca-ga-loop."
You've ever played on the escalator at J. L. Hudson's downtown, and if you hurt yourself you were taken to the Hospital on the 3rd floor. You rode the elevator, which was "run" by an elevator operator. You played in the toy department on the 12th floor while your parents shopped. You sat on Santa’s lap on the mezzanine on the 12th floor.
You remember when Eastland and Northland were NEW and not enclosed malls.
You remember any mayors other than Young and Archer and you know who Cobo was.
You remember what you were doing when you got word there was a "riot" going on.
You remember a Winkleman's store in your neighborhood.
You thought driving to
You remember the mineral bath smell of
You remember the "Big Snow."
On the Saturday morning brought to you by Kowalski Sausage --- Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy. The Gunga Din movies, cartoons, etc.
You remember Twin Pines Dairy delivered milk and juice to the chute on the side of your house..... and Milky the Clown performed magic with the magic words "Twin Pines."
You remember! the Good Humor man in a white uniform, ringing the bells and riding down your street.
You saw Marvin Gaye (or The Beatles) sing at the
You remember Land-of-Nod, the Magic Shop, the old Ben Franklin Library (on Greiner,) Kinsels Drugs, Scrumptious Ice Cream (before Dairy Queen), Saratoga Bakery, Universal Appliances, Paul Remers, Heinrichs, Webers Meats, Lawsonian Church, Rubys Furniture, Neisners 5&10 Cent Store, Union Appliances, Budmans Heating, Sanders Candies, Sanders Cleaners, Ramona Theater, Christian Brothers Market, Bertotti’s Market, Smith’s Market, see more below.
You attended the Father-and-Son Party at the
You took the streetcar and then the bus through the tunnel to
The large fireworks displays put on by the J.L. Hudson Company at the foot of Woodward every 4th of July.
You remember when Vernor's was made on Woodward and the bearded troll was on the bottle. Your parents treated you to Vernor’s on tap at the Vernor’s building near the foot of Woodward.
You drank Towne Club pop (or Grilli's or Oh-So or Atlas).
You bought groceries at Big Bear, Christian Brothers, Great Scott,
Lipson's, Dixfield's, National, A&P, Smiths or
Your Mom saved Holden Red Stamps, H&S Green Stamps or Gold
Kresge's, Woolworth's, and Neisner’s were "DIME STORES."
Your school took a bus trip to "the cider mill" and had donuts and cider after the tour.
Your school took a bus trip to Kellogg's in
You had an Uncle in the furniture business (Joshua Doore).
You know who Bill Kennedy (Channel 9
You remember the
You shopped at Arlans, Shopper's Fair, Federals, and Korvettes.
You remember this telephone number:
Your phone number may have started with
You saw the
You remember this phrase "suga is suga and salt is salt, if you didn't get off it's not my fault."
You shopped at
You remember Black Bart, and the Faygo pop song being sung on the Bob-Lo boat. Or how about, "Which way did he go? Which way did he go?" Herkimer the exhausted Faygo bottle-blower (“I’m too pooped to participate!” “What, too pooped to participate!?” “Then live it up, up, up with Uptown!”)and the Faygo kid.
The Goeble Brewery (mascot – the rooster) across Gratiot from the Stroh’s Brewery. And nearby the smell of fresh baked bread from the Silvercup Bread Bakery (1-1/2 cups of milk in every loaf.)
You watched Rita Bell's Prize Movie.
You ran home from school to listen to The Shadow on weekdays.
You know who Sonny Elliot is. Do you remember him using the chalk on a
Holding snakes at the Children's zoo on Belle Isle, or at the
You remember Jac LeGoff, Lou Gordon, and Van Patrick.
You remember Soupy Sales, Johnny Ginger, The Friendly Giant, Uncle Bob, Poopdeck Paul and Captain Jolly.
From to on weekdays you remember Soupy Says (Words of Wisdom on the chalkboard), Willy the Worm, and the old time movies.
You visited the Wonder Bread Bakery and got to take home a mini loaf of bread.
You have a picture of yourself sitting on the pony that seemed to make it down everyone's street.
Your zip code was only one or two digits - Detroit 19, Michigan
You had a (Shaffer's) breadman and a (Brickley's) milkman. Milk brought in glass quart bottles, the egg-man selling eggs from a straw basket door-to-door, and the ice man bringing an ice block with tongs into your house and placing in the icebox.
You remember "Get on the right track, to 9 Mile and Mack. To get the best deal in town. At
You remember the
Your house had a laundry chute and a milk chute. You would squeeze through the milk chute to open unlock the side door for your parents.
You remember Primo's Pizza, The Red Barn, Powers, Henry's, Top Hat, Herc's Beef Buffet, Big Boy's Drive-In, and Tom's Tavern.
You attended a wedding reception or a banquet at Roma Hall, Geisz Hall, Polish Century Club.
You banked at Detroit Bank & Trust, National Bank of
You remember seeing Jolly Jack from City Sew-Vac on TV selling his reconditioned canister vacuum cleaners. “I’m Jolly Jack from City-SewVac … I’m just a little guy, but I’ve got a great deal for you…!”
Business’s Near Assumption Grotto in the 1950’s:
Land ‘O Nod Baby Furniture
National Bank of
Weitenberner Funeral Home
Big Bear Market (later Wrigley’s Market)
Scrumptious (like Dairy Queen)
Neisner’s 5&10 Cent Store
Paul Remer’s Drugs
Christian Brother’s Market
Gas Company Office
Scotties Fish & Chips
S&F Smith’s Market
Agdan’s Studio (earlier Judy Kudialis Dance Studio)
Old Benjamin Franklin Library
Old Magic Shop (around the corner from the