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Crow_t_robot
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Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 4:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can anyone tell me where the old CF Smith store were located in Detroit? Are any of the old buildings still standing or have they been torn down?
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Mikem
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Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 1:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

1940:


C F Smith











1946:



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Ray1936
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Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 6:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mikem amazes me once more.
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Drbob7133
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Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 8:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

my first job as a teenager was at a cf smith store in royal oak, michigan.it was located on 11 mile road. just a short distance east of woodward. it was a very small store compared to todays stores. that was over 62 years ago. oh yes this is also my first post on this site.
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Jimaz
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Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 9:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Welcome, Drbob7133!
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Ray1936
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Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 9:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Welcome, Drbob.....methinks maybe someone older than me has joined up. My birth year is in my user name.
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Drbob7133
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Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 11:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

ray i have you beat by three years
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Lowell
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Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 1:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Welcome to the forum Crow and Drbob. You might enjoy this sad past thread...
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Jjaba
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Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 1:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

14019 Wyoming is my CF Smiths. Remember it well. Just South was an A&P. Both are on Eastside of Wyoming, N. and S. of Schoolcraft, Detroit 04.

Guys had pinchers to bring down cans of corn.
You carried wire baskets with your items.
Large hand-painted paper signs were in front windows advertising the specials.

jjaba, Westsider.

Welcome drbob7133.
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The_rock
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Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 7:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Birmingham had a C F Smith Grocery in the 40's. It was on Maple, down by the Wabeek building. You went in there, told the clerk what you wanted, and often times he would get the items for you while you just stood there at the counter. The grocer had those long wooden poles with a gadget at the end that he would use to clamp the item off the upper shelves that he could not otherwise reach.
Can you picture this being done today? Talk about personal service.
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Chuckles
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Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 7:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

CF Smith Joy Rd and Greenview, zone 28,across the street and down 2 blocks from B&D Drugs... been gone for many, many years.
Dry cleaners there now with bars on all the windows and the door.

chuckles
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Caldogven
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Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 4:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember getting a wagon full of packaged coal from the store on Forest near Cadillac, enough to keep us going til we had enough money to buy a ton or so of the real thing.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 1:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Rock knows CF Smiths. Exactly.

If you sit near old timers at ballgames, and a guy hits a lazy flyball to center fielder, the fan yells,

"Can o' corn, can o' corn."

Now reread The Rock's explanation.

jjaba, Big The Rock Fan.
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The_rock
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Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 6:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

jjaba---truly the Man of Analogy.
the_rock ( still shaking his head in amazement)

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