Slideshow: Gorgeous postcards offer valentine to bygone Detroit – Bridge Michigan

Lengthy earlier than Fb, there was one surefire means to brag about your superior trip: easy postcards. And Dan Austin has a factor for them.

The general public relations govt and structure knowledgeable has thousand of postcards that includes his two nice loves: Detroit and previous buildings. After 10 years of amassing, he’s curated 200 playing cards into a brand new e book, “Greetings from Detroit: Postcards from the Motor Metropolis,” which might be launched Sept. 18. A e book-launch occasion is deliberate -four p.m. Sept. 17 (this Sunday) within the Fisher Constructing foyer.

The postcards current an instantaneous, intimate glimpse of a metropolis that exists solely in reminiscence: streetcars circling Campus Martius; curler coasters from a bygone amusement park close to Belle Isle, and Briggs Discipline (the long run Tiger Stadium) encircled by properties and timber.

“It’s a window into the previous of Detroit that we've solely examine in books. Now we’re in a position to see a bit of piece of what that seemed like, and in full colour,” stated Austin, who additionally labored on the Detroit Free Press and as a communications staffer for Mayor Mike Duggan.

Austin is founding father of the HistoricDetroit.org web site that catalogues the town’s wealthy architectural historical past, and two books, “Misplaced Detroit” and “Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit.”  These books, notably the latter, may very well be learn as preservation calls to arms.

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Slideshow: Gorgeous postcards offer valentine to bygone Detroit - Bridge Michigan