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It’s the Bees Knees- See Kalamazoo in the 1930s in this Rare Souvenir Photo Book

What was Kalamazoo like during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Great Depression? Take a look at this incredibly well-preserved 1930s era souvenir photo book.

Souvenir photo books offer a rare portal to the past. Curator Doris Anne Beaulieu has a YouTube channel dedicated to these portfolios and has unearthed a Kalamazoo souvenir photo book from the 1930s. So put on your glad rags and check out these keen Kalamazoo historic photos, they are the cat’s meow!

Look for these Kalamazoo landmarks:

  • City Hall
  • The Civic Auditorium
  • Harold Upjohn School
  • Kindelberger Park
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Western Michigan University
  • Kalamazoo State Hospital
  • At work in the celery fields
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Borgess Hospital
  • Bronson Park
  • First Christian Science Church
  • Post Office

Some landmarks are easily recognizable today while others are only a faded remnant of their glory days or have disappeared altogether.

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