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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Through a window

things_on_shelves.jpg What are those things on those shelves inside that window. At first glance, it looks like lots of little stacks of dollar bills. But, that's not what they are. I should know what those are. I've seen them before. Up close. But, for the life of me, I can't name what I'm looking at. This drives me crazy every time I go by there and glance up at those second story windows.

A larger view of that building can be seen on Springfield Rewind (4th & Washington - 1956). Be sure to mouse over the photo for what it looks like today.

The street on the right side of the photo is Washington. I find it interesting that Washington had two-way traffic in 1956 (east and west). Today it's one way going east.

Also, I have no personal recollection of any of the businesses that were there in 1956. That is, I think they were all gone by the time I started going downtown. I do have a somewhat odd memory of the Paddock (far right hand side of the frame), and one which I forgot about until I saw the photo today. My dad had some pencils advertising the Paddock. They were smooth number 2 lead pencils. Paddock was spelled vertically. There was a graphic of two rodents having sex. And, I believe the words went, "your mink coat made while you drink," or something like that. Needless to say, I never did take any of those pencils to school.

Posted by Marie at May 9, 2007 11:31 PM


That looks a little like the window at the Texas School Book Depository.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at May 10, 2007 9:14 AM

Unless I'm mistaken - and I don't think I am - those are stacks of Altoids tins. Cinnamon and peppermint but not wintergreen.

Posted by: Kem White at May 10, 2007 6:13 PM