Tag Archives: Michigan

Chapel-in-the-Woods, Albion, Michigan

This image shows the interior of the sanctuary for the Chapel-in-the-woods, located at the Starr Commonwealth for Boys in Albion, Michigan.

Photo by Robert Davis, Cary, Ill.

The description states:
The Chapel-in-the-woods of Starr Commonwealth for Boys is a Sanctuary where the boys may find divine guidance for the many problems which confront them. Come worship with us Sundays 11 AM: Non-denominational service.
Exit #119      I-94     Albion, Michigan
Starr Commonwealth was founded in 1913 and has expanded to at least two additional locations in Michigan.
This image likely dates from the 1960s.

John Ball Statue, Grand Rapids, Michigan

This image shows the life-sized statue of John Ball, located at the entrance to John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. John Ball was an early pioneer in Grand Rapids and donated the first 40 acres for the park to be established.

Genuine Natural Color Made by Dexter Press, Inc., West Nyack, N.Y.

The description states:
The John Ball Park is one of the favorite recreational areas within the city. A fine zoo, gardens and theater are some of the may interesting features that attract visitors of all ages. The bronze statue generates a special magnetism for all of the children, who cannot pass by without climbing up on the broad shoulders and pondering the lined face of the kindly figure of John Ball.
–The park was established in 1884 and acquired animals for exhibit shortly thereafter. Now known as John Ball Zoological Garden, it has been expanded and modernized extensively in the intervening century plus, and is now operated as a regional asset by Kent County.
This image likely dates from the 1950s.

Clark Memorial Home, Grand Rapids, Michigan

This image shows a small portion of the gardens connected to the M. J. Clark Memorial Home, which is a retirement/assisted living community for the elderly in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kolorvue by Artvue Post Card Co., 160 Fifth Ave, New York, N. Y. 10010

The description states:
1546 Sherman S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
The Lee R. Omans Memorial Garden
“Security with dignity for the retired.”
–The establishment has expanded to a second campus and is called Clark Retirement Community.
This image likely dates from the 1970s.

Calvin College Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

This image shows the front and main entrance to the Fine Arts Center on the campus of Calvin College, a liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

Penrod/Hiawatha Card Co., Berrien Center, Michigan 49102

The description states:
Fine Arts Center
One of the finest cultural centers in Grand Rapids – it houses three college departments, the 1000 seat auditorium, many private music rooms, stage and costume shops, the Recording Studio, and art exhibit area. Chapel and Sunday services are held in the auditorium.
Photo by John Penrod.
–After extensive remodeling, the heptagon shaped building is now known as the Covenant Fine Arts Center.
This image likely dates from the 1960s.

Kent County Airport, Michigan

This image shows the main tower and one of the contemporary aircraft serving the Kent County, Michigan airport.

Mirro-Krome by H. S. Crocker Co., Inc.

The description states:
KENT COUNTY AIRPORT…Serving Grand Rapids and Western Michigan. First airport in the United States to pioneer the single runway landing strip. Michigan’s most complete airport.
–The airport has since been extensively upgraded with the increase in air travel and is now called the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The plane being serviced appears to be a Douglas DC-4 operated by the now-defunct National Airlines. It was acquired by Pan Am Airlines in 1980, which itself ceased operations in 1991.
This image likely dates from the 1950s.

Gibson Refrigerator Company, Greenville, Michigan

This image shows the Gibson Refrigerator Company plant and the Flat River as it flows through Greenville, Michigan. The company started life as the Belding-Hall Company in Belding, Michigan until its purchase by Frank Gibson.

The L.L. Cook Co., Milwaukee, WI

The description states simply:
Gibson Refrigerator Company
Greenville, Michigan
–The company was known for inventing the refrigerator light, the upright refrigerator, and for building Waco gliders during World War 2.
This image likely dates from the 1950s, before the company was acquired by Hupp in 1956.

Calumet Theatre, Calumet, Michigan

This image shows the imposing structure of the Calumet Civic Theatre, located in the city of Calumet, Michigan. It is a Renaissance Revival structure completed in 1900.

Curteich Color 3-D Natural Color Reproduction

The description states:
The Calumet Civic Theatre, Calumet, Michigan, also known as the Opera House with a seating capacity of 1,200 people, is the largest north of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Many of the nations top operatic starts and entertainers have performed here.
–The town of Calumet is modest in size, and located in the extreme north of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but was quite prosperous during the late 19th Century due to a large copper mine nearby. The city fathers decided they needed a grand entertainment venue for the locals and built this structure, which still functions as such today.
This image likely dates from the 1950s.

North Park Covenant Church, Chicago, Illinois

This image shows the main sanctuary building of the North Park Covenant Church, located on the campus of North Park College in the northern districts of Chicago, Illinois.
The description states:
3250 North Christiana Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
–The college was renamed North Park University in 1997, and the building still exists today as a church. The University is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church.
The inclusion of a postal ZIP code indicates this card likely dates from the 1960s.

Metropolitan Church, Detroit, Michigan

This image shows the net-gothic building housing the Metropolitan Church in Detroit, Michigan. It is operated by United Methodist Church.

mwm color-litho ‘buryheen’ by mwm co., Aurora, Mo.

The description on the back is comprised of a map showing the building location in Detroit, and hours of worship:
–The building was erected in 1926.
The cars visible in the picture indicate the image dates from the 1950s. Oddly, the card was still in use and was mailed in the 1970s.

Of Cabbages and Kings Gift Shoppe, Indian River, Michigan

This image shows the front and main entrance of the establishment called “Of Cabbages and Kings Gift Shoppe”, a reference to a line in the poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” from the book Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Pub. by R.C. O’Neil, Box 4423, Joyfield P.O., Detroit, Michigan

The description states:
Of Cabbages and Kings
Located 1/2 mile off M-75 interchange on Old 27 in the heart of Indian River, Michigan.
This truly unique shoppe in the quaint setting of an old railroad depot is a delightful tourist attraction. 
“Distinctive Antiques and Gift from all over the world.”
–The business opened in 1960 and closed in 1988. This image likely dates from the 1960s.