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One_shot
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I know its been down for a few years but when exactly did they take it down and why? I remember it being cool the way the lighted letters would "write out" the name.
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Andylinn
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I know. I used to love that as a kid. I had no idea what it even was. I think I thought it was a factory or a dance club. Now that I actually like Canadian Club, I can't enjoy the light show! aawww...
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Ray1936
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nothing is forever. Live with it.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A HARD dose of reality from Ray!
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Leoqueen
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I miss the big red GENERAL MOTORS letters on top of the building on the Boulevard. I also miss the HUDSONS signs around the top of the tower, the VERNOR'S GNOME all lit up, and, finally, the beautiful STONE BURLESK neon sign that used to be on Woodward near I-75. Ah, nostalgia.
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Leoqueen
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am not being facetious. I really do miss these signs. I wish I had photos of them.
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Viziondetroit
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How about we buy the Broderick and place all the old signs everyone loves all over it... like a mini times square lol.
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Xd_brklyn
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Add to the list the WDET sign on the Maccabees and the Stroh's sign on the old brewery.
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Aiw
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The CC Sign was structurally unsound, hence it came down. It was actually the second CC sign.

There are photos of both here:

http://internationalmetropolis .com/?p=23
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And the art deco WWJ sign.
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Ravine
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When I was a wee lad, one of my favorite things about heading downtown was the neon blue & yellow flame flickering over "the gas building."
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Downriviera
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember seeing that flame over the gas building when I was a kid, too. Didn't they have a restaurant up there called The Top Of The Flame?
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Ravine
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Downriv, I believe that is correct, yes.
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56packman
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

But they can't ever take down the "world's best ROACH KILLER" sign off of the building on Grand River.






That would just be wrong.
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Walkerpub
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

AIW knows his Windsor history...
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Fury13
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 8:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

But where was the big GE logo?
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Burnsie
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 10:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The GE logo was near the Lodge and I-94 interchange.
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Ongowwah
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Probably the nazi's that run MADD made them take it down.
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Flyingj
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What year did the ginormous Dodge Firepower sign come down?
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Jcole
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:53 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone remember a giant Indian Head on top of a bank on Jefferson going into Grosse Pte? I think it was Manufacturer's Bank. I was so scared of that thing that I used to hide behind the seat of the car til we were past it.
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Flyingj
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 1:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jcole-Standard Federal is what you're thinking of-they were taken over by LaSalle Bank...which is ironic since that's what the French did to the Indians anyway...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L aSalle_Bank_Midwest
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Angry_dad
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 6:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How about the AC sparkplug sign over by the fairgrounds or the color changing phone by the Lodge. There was a significance to the color of the phone in relation to the weather. Correct me if wrong but didn't blue mean colder, red hotter, yellow rain?
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Thecarl
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 7:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

a_d, here is the rhyme associated with citizen bank's weatherball, as told to me:

when the weatherball is red, warmer temperature's ahead.
when the weatherball is blue, colder temperature is due.
when yellow is the weatherball, there will be no change at all.
when the ball blinks in agitation, there will be precipitation.
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Grumpyoldlady
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 2:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, the Top of the Flame was the restaurant located on the 26th floor of the "gas building". Served good food. Unfortunately, too many who worked in the building, (including my boss), spent their lunch hours and breaks at the bar. I remember getting a call from another employee suggesting that I come up and get my boss, who had just fallen off a bar stool. Not long after that it was "suggested" by management that he enter rehab. After the "Top" closed it became more office space for the company I worked for. It seemed funny to have the executive offices located on 25 and general offices on 26. The offices on 25 were super nice...the CEO office had a fireplace and a big bux oriental rug on the floor. There was a tiny office for his valet/driver. Many of the exec offices had full baths with tubs and showers. I believe the flame that others have mentioned was gone before I started working there in 1971.
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Gingellgirl
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 2:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Remember the Fisk Tire sign?
I think it was off of Michigan Ave.
Time to "re-tire."
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Burnsie
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 3:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thecarl-- Growing up in Flint, I remember wallet calendars with the Weatherball Poem printed on them in the mid-'80s.
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Jcole
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 4:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Flying,
Thanks for the info on Standard Federal. I'll probably start having nightmares about that damned indian head jumping down off the building and chasing me up Jefferson again, though.
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Fastcarsfreedom
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 6:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jcole--I honestly don't remember if Standard Federal had an Indian head or not (I thought their presence locally was mostly a result of buying Michigan National...but I could be wrong)--the Indian head was definitely the logo for Detroit Bank & Trust prior to changing it's name to Comerica (and ultimately, merging with Manufacturers). If you go to the old DB&T headquarters on Fort (there's still a Comerica branch there)--you can see a sculpture called "Variation on Logo" which is a modernist "impression" of the Indian head logo--I believe there's a plaque there to tell the tale.

It was also interesting reading about the old MichCon executive suites. I know it's been discussed here before, but the old Manufacturers Bank executive suites in the RenCen were completely mothballed following the Comerica merger--and now serve, with relatively few modifications, as the GM exec suites.
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Flyingj
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 8:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fastcarsfreedom, I had my doubts near immediately after my posting...I see you are right(not the SCARY logo from the 60's/70's) http://www.todocoleccion.net/e nglish/matchbook-cover-usa-mic higan-the-detroit-bank-and-tru st-co-oldest-bank-in-michigan~ eng6104224
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Jcole
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 8:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for letting me know about the correction.
Hey, it probably wasn't scary to anyone but me, but it ranked right up there with the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz in my eyes.
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Gaz
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 10:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Too bad the Top of the Flame closed! That was a good restaurant!

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