Saturday, August 25, 2012

Flint Photos: Travels to Vehicle City 2

My first batch of random travel photos from three years of research and reporting trips to Flint got mixed reviews. One viewer called them "odd and grotesque," while another complained that they were "ruin porn" that failed to capture some of the positive aspects of my hometown. So our team of highly paid photo archivists at Flint Expatriates went to work and came up with another batch of photos that won't ruin your weekend. (There's a bonus nostalgia shot of three Flintoids at their 8th grade graduation from St. Mary's in 1980.) It's a reminder that, despite all its problems, Flint is still a friendly, welcoming place filled with people who haven't given up.


  1. Thanks for posting. I currently have a drawing of the Nash House in progress. If you go to I have a gallery of Flint drawings.

  2. Hey Bob, I like your work. I'll post something about it soon.

  3. Re: Stockton House

    Was Col. Stockton an ancestor of Flint/International Badminton Champion Pam Stockton Bristol Brady?

  4. Not sure about the house, Anonymous.

    As for the family, perhaps this is fodder for a future post, Gordie.

    I don't know about the international scene, but on the national scene the entire family competed in both singles and doubles -- parents Shel and Eve, girls Penny, Polly and Pam.

    (And no! This ain't the game you play in your backyard with a beer in one hand. It's indoors, it's cut-throat, it's highly competitive. It's what tennis players do in the off-season to stay in shape. And the Stockton family excelled at it.)

  5. There is a Wikipedia article on Pam Stockton Bristol Brady, one of four articles about people in my high school class. There is a lot written there about her career.

  6. I know this is an old article, but would you happen to know what awards Polly won during her badminton days? She’s my mom, and my siblings and I are trying to do something for her without her knowing. Thanks!


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