Historic Detroit


How to help support our Belle Isle book project

Nov. 14, 2017

Thank you to everyone who has submitted photos and donated to our project. We are raising money in order to pay photographers for their work, ensuring we make the most beautiful book possible of one of Detroit’s most beautiful places. We have all sorts of nifty donation incentives for you, from books, T-shirts and vintage Detroit postcards to life jackets from the Boblo boats, bricks from the Guardian Building, old Vernors memorabilia and actual used train tickets from Michigan Central Station. All donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. You can learn more about the project and help make it happen by clicking right here.

Belle Isle book fund-raiser is live!

Oct. 18, 2017

Help us pay photographers for our Belle Isle project and take home some nifty Detroit artifacts, from Boblo boat life jackets to actual tickets from Michigan Central Station from the 1920s! ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Click here for more info!

Celebrate our new book with free shipping!

Sep. 23, 2017

To celebrate the release of our new book, “Greetings from Detroit: Historic Postcards from the Motor City,” we’re offering free shipping on it, as well as our book/postcard bundles, which will net you a copy of the book AND authentic Detroit postcards from 1900-1940 of your very own. Check it out in the shop, right here.

Call for photos for new Belle Isle book

Aug. 30, 2017

Friends, we have some big news. We are opening a call for submissions of photography for an upcoming book on Belle Isle that we are doing with Wayne State University Press. But beyond having a chance to get YOUR photography published in a book that will be for sale everywhere from Amazon to Barnes & Noble, we want to pay you. How much will depend on how much we can raise in an upcoming online fund-raiser. You can watch the pitch video below for more details about how all that works. We’re still hammering out some of the legal and financial logistics on this before we launch said fund-raiser, but we didn’t want the beautiful photography weather to slip away from us. So stay tuned for details on how you can support the project and photographers while snagging some sweet Detroit loot in the process. In the meantime, however, let’s see what you got, photogs! We’re looking for photography of the following places: Douglas MacArthur Bridge Belle Isle Casino James Scott Memorial Fountain Belle Isle Aquarium Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and Barbour Memorial Fountain Detroit Boat Club Detroit Yacht Club Livingstone Memorial Light Belle Isle Police Station Nancy Brown Peace Carillon Alpheus Starkey Williams Monument Athletic Pavilion The White House GAR & Spanish-American War Memorials The floral clock Aerials of the island General beauty shots of the island and canals General shots of other monuments on the island, including the Schiller, Brady and Dante monuments, the Smith Memorial Flagpole, and the Newsboys Fountain. If interested in having your photography considered for inclusion, send them to [email protected] In the subject field, write “Belle Isle book submission.” We don’t need super high-resolution photos at this time. Include your phone number and full name as you’d like it to appear in the book. If you’d like your work to be featured on HistoricDetroit.org regardless of whether it is selected for the book, let us know in the e-mail, too. We won’t use your photography for anything or anywhere without your permission. Pinky swear. IMPORTANT: Because we aren’t sure what we can pay for each photo yet (because the fund-raiser hasn’t been launched), we will reach out to you before we use anything to make sure you’re comfortable with the price. If what we raised isn’t good enough for you, we won’t use your photo. Decisions on what to include will be made by the end of the year. We’ll post more information, such as deadline for submissions, once we have a better idea of when the fund-raiser will launch. Questions? Hit us up here or via the e-mail address above. Thanks for your never-ending support, Motor City!