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John Lever

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Edward

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I finally found a vintage overcoat in my size. This one actually dated September 1943!
In really good condition for its age.
Maker: Barron-Anderson of Boston
Sold at Harry Suffrin shop Downtown Detroit (The store was founded in 1922)

Pattern and Style:“ Stoneface Overcoat "
Gray herringbone tweed wool with Blue windowpane
Three button/Two hand hip pockets
Size: 42

Owned by someone named A.E. Tennant at 8550 La Salle Blvd. Detroit MI (Rosa Parks Neighborhood)
This handsome house still stands today. Built in 1924
I could not find any info on A.E. Tennant and no previous owner of the house was named Tennant but it was common for owners to rent out a room to wartime factory workers so it may not be too much of a stretch to think this person was living there in that capacity. Detroit's role in the war, when the auto factories turned out tanks, warplanes, bombs and guns earned it a place in history as the "Arsenal of Democracy". (a term coined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during one of his Fireside Chat radio broadcasts.) Rosa Parks Neighborhood is only 30 minutes to the famed Ford's Willow Run plant where B-24 bombers were built.
If only this overcoat could talk!
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Nnatalie

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I could not find any info on A.E. Tennant and no previous owner of the house was named Tennant but it was common for owners to rent out a room to wartime factory workers so it may not be too much of a stretch to think this person was living there in that capacity.

This would make sense, especially because the daughter of the couple who owned the house, Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. Blauman, had gotten married in 1941, opening up some space. I found a newspaper mention of a serviceman's wife and baby living there in December of 1943, which further supports the theory that they were renting out rooms.
 

Edward

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This would make sense, especially because the daughter of the couple who owned the house, Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. Blauman, had gotten married in 1941, opening up some space. I found a newspaper mention of a serviceman's wife and baby living there in December of 1943, which further supports the theory that they were renting out rooms.
Whoa awesome find! Thanks for the research!!!
 
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