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    Default What was this building?

    Near Tireman and Livernois on the west side is the former location of some large building. The interesting thing to me is that it only had access through various alley's instead of streets. Anyone have some old maps or info to shed light on what this building was? It is visible in the 1999 photo and long gone by today.
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    Can't tell from that picture, but I do remember back in the 60's Awrey Bakery used to be in that area, if it's west of Livernois.

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    I should have specified the location better. Its at the end of Rangoon. West of Livernois and North of Tireman.

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    Is the top image from Google? If so, how do you view it with Google?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Király View Post
    Is the top image from Google? If so, how do you view it with Google?
    It's visible in Google Earth.

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    WDWOT says that parcel has a street address of 8176 Rangoon.

    If you google '"8176 rangoon" detroit' you get a handful of hits to a website selling digitized copies of the Detroit Free Press from the 40s:

    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/98057135/
    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/97922422/
    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/98057260/

    The free version is just the computer-generated text, which contains zero formatting information. But, across the three ads, the format seems consistent:

    Sticker Man, Experienced Millmen, Steady Work MILLWORK. TNC. 8176 RANGOON

    MIDILE-AGED -JtAK Handy with carpenter tools. MILLWORK. IC. ' 8176 RANGOON

    Sticker Man, Experienced Millmen, Steady Work MILLWORK, IXC. 8176 RANGOON

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    It shows on the circa 1950 Sanborn map as "Fly-Tight Screen Mfrs", but also says "woodworking and "electric motor".

    Another mildly interesting question is why the streets in that little neighborhood are named for places in Burma (Rangoon and Mandalay).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastsideAl View Post
    ... Another mildly interesting question is why the streets in that little neighborhood are named for places in Burma (Rangoon and Mandalay)....
    Could it have something to do with it being exactly 180° (by longitude only) around the world from Burma? I don't know. That's just a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastsideAl View Post
    It shows on the circa 1950 Sanborn map as "Fly-Tight Screen Mfrs", but also says "woodworking and "electric motor".
    EastsideAl delivers again, and again, and again.

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    Main office was at 8229 Livernois. They moved their plant to 6625 Tireman in the '50s.

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    Is this the location that later became the General Tire "Tireman" warehouse? The entry was only thru the rear, and was on Tireman, one block West of Livernois.

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    Pretty good guess.

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