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Seventeen Old Photos of the Holidays in Downtown Detroit

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[Photos via Virtual Motor City]

The holiday season has arrived, and the largely vacant storefronts of Merchants Row are festooned with layers and layers of Christmas lights. There was a time, however, when downtown was home to retailers like Hudon's, Kearn's, and Kresge's. As these old photos reveal, it was a rather chaotic and magical place to go gift shopping.


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