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Wonderful 16mm footage of the Detroit Zoo during the 1940s

Andrew Norton

Lately I've been posting beautiful photos from across Michigan on Fridays, but I found this gem on YouTube this morning and just had to share it. Enjoy the thrill of heading back in time to the 1940s and getting a peak at what the Detroit Zoo looked like back then. The footage was shot by Fred W. Boegelin and he shot numerous rolls of footage around Detroit during the 40s and 50s. The old raccoon exhibit was a hoot! There is even a brief sighting of some non-native Wolverines in Part 3. I love the way the movies were put together with descriptions of what was to follow in the next segment. You can tell that Fred was a real film buff and worked hard to get the shots just right.

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