You're unlikely to find a major American city with darker nights than Detroit. Yes, the ancient streetlight system is undergoing a major overhaul, but it's porch lamps, headlights, and glowing businesses that truly keep cities aglow after dark. In many parts of the city, these are still in short supply. These postcards depict nighttime in the bustling Detroit of yesteryear when streetcars, passenger ships, and the Guardian Building's giant searchlight illuminated the city in ways we're unlikely to ever see again.
Beverley Olson Buller said it was her dad, the late Dr. Bob Olson, who started her mother Loyette on her hobby of collecting postcards. By the time Loyette died in February 2014, she had collected hundreds, probably thousands, of postcards. Now Buller, a Newton resident raised in Winfield with her sister Mary Olson Beach, has just published a book of Loyette’s postcards, “Winfield,” one of the Postcard History Series from Arcadia Publishing.