June 7, 2016

FORD ROTUNDA POSTCARD, 1953

backdrop from The Dearborn Guide, May 6, 1967
The Ford Rotunda, at one-time the fifth most popular tourist attraction in America, burned to the ground in 1962 and most of America has followed suit since then.

Orville Hubbard was in his 20th year as mayor of Dearborn then and even he, the invincible politician and longest serving mayor in U. S. history, has subsequently been brought to flames by the neo-Nazis of political correctness.

Yes, he was racist against blacks and helped to keep Dearborn segregated. Yes, he recruited Arabs to the area to combat the black migration from Detroit. But as a political figure and leader of Dearborn, his statue, like the Ford Rotunda, was a staple of the city for decades. Quite simply, he made the city work and thrive, which is what a politician is supposed to do regardless of his foibles, and the residents rewarded his tenure with a fitting monument.

He was a part of Detroit history and I collect campaign items and other memorabilia related to Hubbard just as I do the Ford Rotunda. Since I never heard of the man before I found the newspaper above which is backing the postcards it's not difficult for me to take this stance. History takes the bad along with the good. The same can be said of Ford Motor Co. paraphernalia and Henry Ford's overt antisemitism and ties to Hitler.

As for the postcard: it was produced in 1953 and features a painting by Tom Schenk. He was a damned good artist who apparently did several paintings for the Ford Times publication.


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