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Tales from the Ypsilanti Archives: Tripe-Mongers, Parker's Hair Balsam, the Underwear Club & More

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Author Laura Bien offers up a diverse sampling of offbeat and lighthearted stories that will transplant readers to the bygone days of Ypsilanti, from the fight Ypsilanti waged against standardized time to the gloom apparent in an Ypsilantian's Depression-era grocery receipt, and from Jackson's glowing pork chop to the time Ypsilantians staunchly defended themselves against ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by History Press (SC)
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Sandy D.
This is local history with plenty of primary documents (newspaper articles, photographs, excerpts from letters) - it was sometimes a bit dry, but often it was surprising. The "Underwear Club" was a group of women who worked at the Ypsilanti Underwear factory (which made union suits, tights, etc.) which closed in the sometime before 1910. Some of the workers had reunions in a local park until the early 40's.

Unless you're interested in the area, or like browsing historical tidbits - the kind of th
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Lisa
May 27, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Such a fun tome of local history. The author has a wonderful tongue in cheek style, but also plenty of pathos and sympathy for those who lived in my little town in the past. I was familiar with most of the material because I follow Laura's blog, http://ypsiarchivesdustydiary.blogspo.... Definitely want to own this one.
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