The Ratkowski Foundation has been at it again. Their agents have scoured the online bazaars for any items that even faintly smell like Maplewood. The mixed bag they have turned up this time holds some interesting stuff.
These fascinating pieces of flotsam that have been orbiting Maplewood in cyberspace are like satellites that have just returned to the their launch pad. As always, these items will be gifted to the Maplewood Public Library for inclusion in their stellar collection of historic Maplewood artifacts. But before we release them to their new custodians, Dawn, Sam or Barb at the MPL, let’s have a look at them.
1933 must have been a good year for basketball teams is all I can think to say. That’s a handsome group! Well, except for a few of those knees. Look like mine.
Here’s the flip side of that basketball sheet.
I think I remember reading that the myth builders working at the bank during this time have this as the first drive-in banking facility west of the Mississippi. Probably not counting LA and San Francisco. This is a joke.
The flip side of the bank postcard. That’s the year I was born in. And the city but not the month.
Now this is cool. I love these. One has to wonder how these postcards of a single residence came to be. Perhaps the owners of the property called out the photographer and ordered 5 or 10. If they ordered much more than that you would think I’d have at least a couple of examples of the same image. Someday I’ll have to round up all of these in my archive. I don’t think I have ever seen more than one example of each. Can anyone figure out where this home is/was located? I’d bet it still exists.
“… a visit from you all. I will try to be in to see you all…” Two “you alls” in three sentences. It is music to my ears. Augusta has to be from the same place my family comes from… Texas.
Someone show this to our resident Scout impresario, George McCandliss, also 1/2 of the proprietorship at the Scheidt True Value Hardware Store at 7320 Manchester in business continuously since 1907, same location since 1916, used to be a theater. If you haven’t been there shame on you. If you haven’t been there in awhile, why not? George, and Ben Reynolds, the other half of the proprietorship, have everything you could want in tools, hardware, general home maintenance items, camping supplies (I said he’s a scout) and a lot of other cool stuff as well. All great quality. You’ve really got to see it to believe how very wide a range of inventory they have cleverly folded neatly into the historic interior of their store. On top of that, they are preserving one of our most important historic commercial buildings. So get in there and buy everything you possibly can from them. They are our Mom and Pop hardware store. Almost nobody else has one anymore. We have to support them.
The flip side of the scout postcard. George, I can give you a high resolution version of the other side of this if you want one.
These tags are not part of the recent Ratkowski haul. This image was sent to me awhile back by probably the foremost collector of Maplewoodiana whose name should be familiar to followers of this space, Martin Fischer. Mr. Fischer contributed nearly all of the images and information that I posted concerning Kalb Electric, if you remember those. He has contributed so much in the past that there is no way I could possibly remember it all. I don’t have much information concerning these metal vehicle tags. Perhaps a reader can fill us it? The top one looks like a Christmas tree which is appropriate to the season.
We are indebted to the Ratkowski Foundation and to Martin Fischer for sharing these items and images with all of us. Together they all help us to increase our understanding of our shared past.
Merry Christmas to everyone. Doug