Detroit Is My Own Home Town. Malcolm W. Bingay.
Detroit Is My Own Home Town
Detroit Is My Own Home Town
Detroit Is My Own Home Town
Detroit Is My Own Home Town

Detroit Is My Own Home Town

Indianapolis, IN & New York, NY: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1946. First Edition. Hardcover. "Detroit Is My Own Home Town is as sprightly a collection of stories and portraits as ever came under the classification of memoirs. Malcolm W. Bingay probably knows more Detroit lore than any other man alive, and it's people he is interested in- not dry dates and statistics. Now editorial director of the Detroit Free Press, the author began his newspaper career at the age of twelve. Detroit was a one-horse town in those days. (Today, it is again- literally!) Ty Cobb was the King of Speed, and the nascent automobile "game" was covered by sports writers. The author has watched his home town grow into the fourth city of the nation and the industrial capital of the world. He knows personally most of the men who brought about that astounding expansion." (from front flap) A fascinating, exuberant work of memoir, urban history & biography by Malcolm W. Bingay (1884-1953), a real old-time newspaperman (the kind that wore a visor, sleeve bands & probably chomped a cigar while at the typewriter). Bingay captures the places, events & especially people who marked the growth of Detroit into a powerhouse- especially of industry & sports- that is hard to imagine since the precipitous decline, depopulation & near-incineration of the fabled American city that took place in the decades after the booming heyday depicted here. Today, Detroit is again rising from the ashes, or was until recent events have stalled its progress along with the rest of the world's. The legendary figures are all here- Mayor Hazen Pingree, Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler, Ty Cobb, Joe Louis, the great architect Albert Kahn & many, many more. The history of Detroit unfolds, from its very beginnings as a fort to protect the French fur trade to the close of World War II when it had reached its pinnacle as the "Arsenal of Democracy." Bingay had an intimate front seat to much of the city's history & people that he depicts. With many vintage photographs. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page. We have seen reference to a limited signed edition, this is the first trade edition. Of particular rarity is the dust jacket, missing from or in poor condition in most available copies (including the limited edition). Here, the jacket is present & in particularly fine condition as described below. A key, classic collectible for Detroiters; &/or scholars, historians & enthusiasts of "The Motor City." Book in very fine condition with only a bit of rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; very slight rubbing & browning to edges of text block. Interior very fine, all but mint with a desirable antiquarian patina. Dust jacket, a rarity onto itself as noted above, unclipped & in exceptionally fine condition with only slight rubbing, scratching & short, faint creasing to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; creasing & chipping with very slight loss of paper at upper spine-edge & corners. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3693]

Price: $30.00