PANORAMA! Gigantic paintings in Detroit, Part 1

Starting around 1850, Detroiters could pop into Old City Hall or the Firemen’s Hall and, for 25 cents or so, see the latest “greatest painting ever made” — sweeping views of overland route to California, the funeral of Napoleon, Bible scenes, the life of George Washington.

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Christmas and Loneliness

A letter from sad William Woodbridge to his daughter Juliana, 1842.

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Detroit turns 310

Dear Detroit: Happy birthday. And chin up.

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