First published in December 2013, I have reworked this post a bit differently from the way it was originally set up. Doug Houser Oct. 1, 2016
Prior to blogging about the history of Maplewood, I put together our community history book, “Maplewood, the First One Hundred Years”. As everyone knows who has tried something similar, because of space limitations a lot must be left out. Fortunately the same is not true about blogging. This particular post illustrates my point.
In my previous post about EJ Tire, parts of the Reller Chevrolet building can be seen in several of the historic photos. I became curious to know just how long the building was before it lost its western end. So I combined the two historic photos using Photoshop.
Due to the miracle of Photoshop one can still get a pretty good idea of how this building once looked. I have no idea what happened to the original western end. Vintage photo courtesy of Elmer Wind Jr.
Combining two vintage photos makes it easy to see how massive this building once was. Ten bays! Courtesy of Elmer Wind Jr.
A Goodyear limousine pulling a giant tire occasioned these photos during its visit to EJ Tire on the Wedge and in the Wedge. Wedge should be capitalized because the building that held EJ Tire had been named the Wedge in an earlier life as a saloon and general store. As most Maplewoodians know, the Wedge is at the intersection of Manchester Road and Southwest Avenue (Old Manchester Road).
Some interesting terra cotta details on this building. The woman’s face is a beautiful sculpture.
A Reller Chevrolet ad from the inside of the front cover of the 1930 Richmond Heights City Directory. Courtesy of Martin Fischer.