Friday, April 12, 2013

Flint Photos: Flint Sit-Down Strike, January 12, 1937

Surveying the damage the day after the Battle of Running Bulls. Note the woman in the fur coat crossing the street.


  1. This appears to be looking north, with Plant 2 on the right, Plant 2A on the left, and the Main Office on the right behind Plant 2, seen under the iconic Chevrolet Avenue Overpass.

    1. Correct, and the 1927-9 Academic Building of Kettering University (then GMI) can also be seen on the left, under the bridge, at the top of the hill in the distance.


  2. I used to love to ride the elevators when I was young and didn't realize it could be dangerous if you got stuck or the cables broke. I thought I remembered five buttons in Davison's, but maybe I was thinking of the basement. The spookiest elevators were the ones in the National Building, along with the stairwell next to it. I used to have nightmares about the elevators, not to mention that my Dentist, Dr. Paul Pike, was on the 7th Floor, where you could look down the stairwell and get dental procedures also. I liked Dr. Pike, but dreaded going there. He talked up a storm, which distracted you from the pain.

  3. I think I must have clicked the wrong thread. This should be in the thread about the 1920s photograph of downtown where we were discussing the multistory buildings on the block from where the picture appears to have been taken, and across the street.


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