While at my parents’ this past weekend I found a 1959 catalogue for a Fingerle, Hollister, and Wood Lumber Co., an old lumber company that once existed on E. Michigan Ave. in my hometown of Ypsilanti, MI.
While the Fingerle Lumber Company still exists in Ann Arbor, the Fingerle, Hollister, and Wood joint store has been gone long enough that my Dad is the only family member who remembers it, having grown up in the area in the ’60′s.
I loved looking through the catalogue to see the ads, illustrations, design, tools, and lumber of the 1950′s.
Over the weekend, I stumbled across this video series of Detroit’s 1968 Olympic bid, titled “The Detroit You’ve Never Met” on Curbed Detroit. From both a design and historical standpoint, I loved seeing the mock-ups and illustrations of infrastructures never to be built, with things like Olympic Village and a People Mover-like light rail to get people around the stadiums. I also thought it funny how, with the title “The Detroit You’ve Never Met,” it sounds like the way to market Detroit hasn’t changed since 1968.
I posted the first of the three videos below, but be sure to check them all out for a trip back in time to what could have been.
In a little over two weeks Trevor and I are going on Bruise Cruise. Needless to say, I’m excited to escape these winter blues and enjoy some awesome music on the high seas. Since I’m in cruise mode, I thought I’d share some neat old ads for cruise lines.