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Indian Curios: 1908

Indian Curios: 1908

Circa 1908. "Main Street, Mackinac Island, Michigan." No motor traffic allowed, but postcards and dentists galore. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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The “crosswalks”...

I’m struck by what appear to be concrete crosswalks with a pattern. A friend suggested they may be specifically about avoiding mud during the rainy season. They just seem so out of place and time.

Present day view

My daughter sent me this picture a couple of days ago. Similar view, same street.

Doud Bros. Groceries

I’ve been to the Island many times. Doud Bros Grocery is the oldest family run grocery in America. The present mayor of Mackinac Island is a Doud.
Lots of history there on the island. I love going there.

https://www.doudsmarket.com/about

Fudgies!

When I was a kid I lived down the road in Cheboygan, we called the tourists "Fudgies" because the stuff was so ubiquitous up there.

A Fudge Question

I searched in vain for a "Fudge" sign in the photo. I wonder when the fudge revolution occurred -- because as indydad indicated, fudge is everywhere on Mackinac now. Right now I would imagine the lilacs -- the biggest lilac bushes I've ever seen -- are in bloom, so there is something wonderful in the air besides sugar.

Fudge

We visited Mackinac Island a few years ago and one can smell it from the boat. I can tell you the aroma was not sugar. By the way, I learned from a native that the "c" was added by the French and the correct pronunciation is something like "Mackinah". He didn't give it the "w" sound.

Tourists are referred to

as "Fudgies" by locals.

Fudging the answer

If there's any kind of fudge they don't sell on the island, I don't know what it is. On a summer's day, you can smell the sugar just walking down the street.

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