One of my recent acquisitions was this ephemera from the first Freedom Festival in 1959.
A thank you letter, and a ticket to the Consular Ball were included.
Both mayors were the honorary chairs of the event.
The backside of the letter has quite the list of the member of the advisory board. Just look at all those manufacturing companies, many of them had plants both in Detroit and Windsor. Look closely and you’ll even find E.C. Row of the expressway fame on the board.
A ticket to the ball at the recently demolished Detroit Statler Hilton would have set you back $2.50 (about $17.00 in 2006 dollars). Dress optional. I don’t think that meant you could attend nude… 😉