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Room for a Lady

Flight of Fancy - A single-seat aircraft, the Ford Flivver was intended to be the “Model T of the Air,” but the plane never caught on. Today, Model No. 1, built in 1926, is on display at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn. // Courtesy of The Henry Ford

Flivver Talk

Dynamic Range - Founded in 1931, Detrola Corp. found early success producing low-cost radios during the Depression. They soon developed private brand radios for department stores and merchants, and added cameras in 1939. // Courtesy of Mike Eckman

Photo Finish

Whiz Kid - Avis Car Rental, founded by Bay City native Warren Avis, got its start in 1946 at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Township. In 1972, the company debuted Wizard, the first computer-based reservation system to be used in the United States car rental business. Many customers today still have a unique “Wizard number.” // Courtesy of Fairfax Media Archives

Hire Power

Stand Proud - A statue of Stevens T. Mason, Michigan’s first governor, was created in 1908 by Albert Weinert and placed in Capitol Park in downtown Detroit. The statue still stands in the park, which marked the location of the state’s first capitol, but was moved several feet as part of a recent renovation of the urban square. // Courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library

Boy Wonder

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Magnetic Marketer