This Is How Houses In Michigan Look Like From The 1930s And 40s

For some people, its great to see what life in Michigan looks like centuries ago. But for some, there are moments from the past that they wished hadn’t happened at all, like the era of The Great Depression.

The rare photogoraphs below that features houses in Michigan from the 1930s and 40s can certainly tell the kind of life during those times. They are released by Yale University and the Library of Congress in a webpage called Photogrammar. Check them out.

An abandoned house in Mansfield, formerly a prosperous mining town. April 1937.

An abandoned house in Mansfield
Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF341-T-010830

John Nygren sits in front of his shack in Iron River, Michigan. April 1937

John Nygren sits in front of his shack in Iron River
Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF341-T-010738

An abandoned farm house on the Allegan Project. Allegan, Michigan. June 1937.

Abandoned farm house on the Allegan Project
Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF341-T-030050

Boarding house. Baraga, Michigan August 1941

Boarding house in Baraga, Michigan
John Vachon/Library of Congress/LC-USF34-063483

Cabin rented by House of David, Benton Harbor, Michigan, July 1940.

Cabin rented by House of David, Benton Harbor
John Vachon/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-016004

House where Charles A Lindbergh was born in Detroit, Michigan. July 1941.

House where Charles A Lindbergh was born in Detroit
Arthur S Siegel/Library of Congress/LC-USW3-016610

An inside shot of the house of Mrs. Herman Perry at Mansfield, Michigan. She is the wife of an old-time iron miner who worked in the mines before they were abandoned, May 1937.

Inside shot of the house
Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF34-010898

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H/T: Serena Maria Daniels via OnlyInYourState.Com

29 thoughts on “This Is How Houses In Michigan Look Like From The 1930s And 40s

  1. Those old houses are cool. I love looking back at what things were like in the old days.

  2. Cool! I love seeing how things were back in the day. From what I see online, Detroit looks very different now, but I’ve never actually visited so I may be getting a skewed perspective.

  3. The boarding house is my favorite photo. I love it when people restore old houses to their former glory instead of tearing them down.

  4. I love looking at pictures of old houses. It’s crazy how much the design has changed since then.

  5. Old houses really fascinate me, they are so nice and they give you a glimpse of what people kind of designs people liked in the past. I definitely still love modern contemporary but I appreciate seeing houses like these!

  6. Wow, classic houses are the best! I want to see one myself and want to have a short time vacation, I hope I can do that someday!

  7. Nice houses, I’m wondering if there are still old houses like these around Michigan. It would be cool to visit.

  8. What I love most in these photos is the “House where Charles A Lindbergh was born in Detroit, Michigan. July 1941”, the house looks so strong.

  9. Old houses sometimes look creepy but these old houses in Michigan look so historic! I wonder if they still preserved any of these.

  10. These old houses in Michigan look like the old houses in our place. I love seeing old houses, it brings me to the history.

  11. I love older houses. It’s always nice to take a look at the past and history of wherever you live. These homes look lovely!

  12. It’s crazy how much things have changed. I actually like some of those older houses. They have so much character.

  13. These are some great collection of rare photographs which is great to have a look at as I love exploring the old culture & lifestyle. I love those architecture works & it is quiet amazing how everything has change over the years.

  14. Michigan has some beautiful land to live on too. I love that you can find two story houses everywhere.

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