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Welcome D.U. Bathrick: 1946

Welcome D.U. Bathrick: 1946

April 24, 1946. "Pontiac zone managers' banquet at St. Francis Hotel." 8x10 acetate negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.


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Press. Press. PULL!

Nine members of the press covering a Pontiac banquet? The budget-conscious media giants today wouldn't send one INTERN to cover an event of this "magnitude".

A Picture of D.U.

Here's a snip I made of a Michigan State Univ. library archive scan of a Chicago Sunday Tribune article from their November 5, 1939 edition.

Biggest surprise in this photo?

They're drinking milk at the "PRESS" table.

Donald Upton Bathrick 1893-1972

From a Wikipedia article on the 1916 Michigan Wolverine football team:

Donald Upton Bathrick, born March 4, 1893, Battle Creek, Michigan. He lived in Battle Creek with his parents, Charles and Grace Bathrick, at the time of the 1900 and 1910 Censuses. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I. At the time of the 1920 Census, he was living in Houston, Texas, and working as a sales manager for an auto distributor. In 1930, he was living in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, and working in the wholesale automobile business. He worked for Ford and later for General Motors. He became general sales manager of the Pontiac division of General Motors. He also served as the head of General Motors' office in Washington, D.C., during World War II. He died September 24, 1972, Broward County, Florida.

Bright Light

One hungover guy, top left, wearing sunglasses.

Roast Beef

and green beans--the standard fare for banquets from time immemorial.


Without trying too hard I count at least 11 people puffing away. Times have sure changed.


One lady, and one guy brazenly without a necktie!

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