James Scott Memorial Fountain

Detroit, Michigan. The back has the date May 30, 1949 (*)sle. The asterisk is a tear and not legible but an educated guess would be Belle Isle (a Detroit City Park). Found in a thrift market in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

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It Never Rains In…Tustin, California?

The image is not skewed in any way. A poorly manufactured print, this happened on occasion in those days. I’m guessing with a certain degree of confidence this is 1930s. Here is the real mystery – What the words actually say on the back of the photograph. The second-to-last letter is defiantly an “o” but was this a grammar error on part of the author? The closest city, area or what-not found was Tustin, California. A real Scooby Doo mystery. Jeenkies! Found in a thrift shop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Houston, we have lift off!

The words “AF Museum” are found on the back of this old photograph. Air Force would be the only explanation that comes to mind. Would like to say this is a 1950s image but it can’t be verified. Found in a thrift store in Rogers, Arkansas.

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Winter Wonderland

It won’t be long until Old Jack Frost makes an appearance. I’m hoping for a hard Winter here in Northwest Arkansas. The frilled edges and attire of the boy leads one to believe this was taken in the 1940s or early 1950s. But since there isn’t anything on the back of the photograph, it is only a guess. The object to the left looks like a very large flagpole? This group of photos are from up north somewhere. It never grows tiring looking at the houses from that era. Just beautiful. We need more steps and service porches today. Found in a thrift market in Lincoln, Arkansas.

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Wonder Cave

The plate on the vintage Pontiac says ’48. So, it would be a very good guess this was taken in 1948. The vehicle, by all accounts, is a 1941 Pontiac Torpedo and the bumper implores you to “See Beautiful Wonder Cave” in Monteagle, Tennessee. The Indiana plates are 864 369. Here is a very throughout web page describing the county history and cave. No other information on the photograph itself. Found in a thrift shop in Northwest, Arkansas.

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Immaculate Conceptioni Grotto

Manufactured by the Carroll Post Card Company (date unknown, guessing 1940s or 1950s), these postcard style photographs were probably sold in a tourist gift shop or what not. The Immaculate Conception Grotto was located on the grounds of St. Angela Academy in Carroll, Iowa. This grotto was built by Father Paul Dobberstein. The Academy would later become Kuemper Catholic High School. When the high school built an addition in 1957, the Immaculate Conception Grotto was dismantled by Father Louis Greving and its stones incorporated into the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend. Found in a thrift store in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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The Scimitar

The cars are definitely 1960s and possibly 1970s models. The two old guys, with flags, are both wearing a fez. Hard to tell if this is a parade, a funeral procession or something more nefarious. No other information on the photograph. Found in a thrift store in Northwest Arkansas.

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Current events

A very well dressed young man catches up on all the daily news by relaxing in his favorite chair with the newspaper. How times have changed. No information provided on back. Date unknown. Found in a thrift store in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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