No names, no dates, only a classic college photo.  Off hand I don’t recognize the two guys standing there so that is no help.  The photo itself is in really good shape and barely sepia.  So I would guess that this was from the early 1930s when my Grandfather was attending the University of Detroit.  The other possibility is that this was after 1933 when he went to grad school at Loyola in Chicago.  If I could identify that stadium in the background that would help a lot, but sadly I cannot.  So, any of you out there recognize that stadium?
UPDATE: Some friends figured out that this is the University of Detroit Stadium, which was once home to the Lions.  There is a surprising lack of photos of this place on line. 

No names, no dates, only a classic college photo.  Off hand I don’t recognize the two guys standing there so that is no help.  The photo itself is in really good shape and barely sepia.  So I would guess that this was from the early 1930s when my Grandfather was attending the University of Detroit.  The other possibility is that this was after 1933 when he went to grad school at Loyola in Chicago.  If I could identify that stadium in the background that would help a lot, but sadly I cannot.  So, any of you out there recognize that stadium?

UPDATE: Some friends figured out that this is the University of Detroit Stadium, which was once home to the Lions.  There is a surprising lack of photos of this place on line. 

No names, no dates, only a classic college photo.  Off hand I don’t recognize the two guys standing there so that is no help.  The photo itself is in really good shape and barely sepia.  So I would guess that this was from the early 1930s when my Grandfather was attending the University of Detroit.  The other possibility is that this was after 1933 when he went to grad school at Loyola in Chicago.  If I could identify that stadium in the background that would help a lot, but sadly I cannot.  So, any of you out there recognize that stadium?
UPDATE: Some friends figured out that this is the University of Detroit Stadium, which was once home to the Lions.  There is a surprising lack of photos of this place on line. 

No names, no dates, only a classic college photo.  Off hand I don’t recognize the two guys standing there so that is no help.  The photo itself is in really good shape and barely sepia.  So I would guess that this was from the early 1930s when my Grandfather was attending the University of Detroit.  The other possibility is that this was after 1933 when he went to grad school at Loyola in Chicago.  If I could identify that stadium in the background that would help a lot, but sadly I cannot.  So, any of you out there recognize that stadium?

UPDATE: Some friends figured out that this is the University of Detroit Stadium, which was once home to the Lions.  There is a surprising lack of photos of this place on line. 

Notes:

  1. theunionpacific said: This doesn’t quite look the same- but could easily be an update version of the stadium back there- It is the Wayne State stadium - farm5.static.flickr.com…
  2. fixedsash posted this

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My Grandma Gen Kownacki, nee Zabowski, died in 2002. Shortly after her death I helped my father clean out her house and I came across hundreds of old photographs. Along with the photos there were plenty of negatives (sadly, I haven't had the chance to scan them). I never knew that she loved photography so much in her youth, though it does help explain why she supported my own interest. This collection of photos starts in the 1920s in Detroit and ends after WWII with her living in Chicago. Some of the images are simply snap shots of friends and relatives. Then there are some that are a little bit more. I hope you enjoy this peek into the past. Frank Kownacki


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