Oakland Township Remembered: Photographs by Ed Noble

Edward Noble worked as a photojournalist and a news, features and automotive writer for The Oakland Press for nearly 50 years. During that time, he won more than 100 awards for his work, including a United Press Writing Award, a National Football Hall of Fame Award for photography and many National Press Photographers awards. He also taught photojournalism at Oakland University.

Ed Noble Furrows COMPRESSEDAccording to the Oakland Township Historical Society, “From the 1960s on, Oakland Press photojournalist Edward Noble recorded day-to-day life as Oakland Township transformed from its rural roots to a residential community. Ed Noble began picking up his camera and capturing his backyard, his view across the road, the views of his neighbors at work in the fields, driving to work, the nearby children playing in fresh snow, the barns along Snell Road and more. While living on Gunn Road for over 20 years, Ed memorialized the last half of the 20th century before the Millennium turned for all of us.

Mr. Noble has generously donated his collection of ‘a wonderful life and time in Oakland Township’ to the Oakland Township Historical Society, which has assembled a selection of these poignant black and white photographs for this very special exhibit.”

Paint Creek Center for the Arts is pleased to partner with the Oakland Township Historical Society in presenting a special one-day show, Oakland Township Remembered: Photographs by Ed Noble, on Saturday, April 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We will host a reception for Ed and offer his photographs for sale. This show is of interest to lovers of photography, and to all residents of the area who have an interest in the history of the region and its development over the years.

Join Paint Creek Center for the Arts and the Oakland Township Historical Society in welcoming Ed Noble. Come see his collection of photographs and share some light refreshments. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Paint Creek Center for the Arts is located at 407 Pine Street in Rochester, Michigan.

This exhibit is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.

PCCA exhibitions are sponsored by Whims Insurance Agency.

The mission of Paint Creek Center for the Arts is to enhance life in the region by promoting, encouraging and creating opportunities to participate in and appreciate the arts. Paint Creek Center for the Arts is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 7:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. PCCA is located at 407 Pine Street in downtown Rochester at the intersection of Pine and Fourth Streets. For information on exhibits, classes, the Art & Apples Festival, special events or volunteer opportunities, call 248-651-4110 or visit www.pccart.org.

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  1. bill todd says

    I remember ed noble very well when I lived in Ferndale back in the fifties .. he had a 1954 ford convertible and I had a 1941 Pontiac and littlejohn had a 40 ford coupe we used to go to 9mile @ northwestern and drag race up northwestern ..we had a lot of fun ..hope you are out there ed so you can remember the good old car times,we live in florida now..good hearing stories about ed noble. good guy ..ed remember wallys texico on woodward ..god bless bill todd

    • Ed Noble says

      I just found this. Yes I remember you and the old Ferndale gang. Is there some way I can co talk you.

  2. Ed Noble says

    I’m interested in communicating with people I knew in Ferndale, Michigan in the 1950s
    Also in Coachella, California in 1950. Coachella Valley Union High school.
    I’m writing a book.

  3. alan wieling says

    Hi Ed!
    Al Wieling the free lancer that worked for the reminder? How are you doing
    Pat Harris says Hi!
    we have been together 30 years
    How time flies
    Al Wieling

    • Hi Al, this is Scott Sisk, I knew you from my Uncle Alex Collis. I used to live over there near you on Pelton. Hope you are doing well. I have searched your name a few times over the years and this is the first I’ve found anything on you. I’ve just always wondered how you were doing.

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