Blog » Mystery Monday (8/29)

Here is the long awaited Mystery Monday photo! After reading our guidelines below, you can leave your observations as to what this photo could be and where it might fall on the map.

This Friday we will reveal this photo’s location in the comment section of this post along with the winner of a Free 8×12 print! of their choosing!

Here are the guidelines,

  • If you can correctly identify the photo with a link to Google Maps showing where it is, or should be*, you win! Leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook Page.
  • Every Friday we will reveal the photo and congratulate the winner! (The winner being the first to post the correct answer & link.)
  • This week’s winner will receive a free 8×12 print of their choosing, or simple bragging rights! Whichever you prefer!

Let the games begin!

Visitor Comments

Randy Whited
08/29/2011

Assuming midwest again, sometime in early 1960's. If only we could make out the sign above the door...


Lance
08/29/2011

Good observations, Randy!


Tony Colley
08/29/2011

Nice Corvette. The hood design (with the two recessed rectangular "vents") is unique to the 1963 model year, so this photo wasn't taken before the 63 model year.

Not that knowing the year would necessarily help much, except maybe to narrow down candidate counties once Lance gives us a state hint. Last week's hint of state AND year didn't help at all because that year isn't listed in the years available for Chester County PA. Tricky, Lance!

I'm not seeing anything that hints at which Midwestern state this could be, or that could rule any states out.


Linda Trice
08/29/2011

The truck is an old Emryville, also has the first Suburban made, is a feed mill, but not sure what state, maybe MO or ILL


Lance
08/31/2011

I have hint! This state features the world's only floating post office!


Randy Whited
08/31/2011

Guess it makes sense that grain bins would be prevalent near Battle Creek.


Tony Colley
08/31/2011

Michigan -- home to the world's only floating post office http://www.mentalfloss.com/trivia/fac...

By the way, those living in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan are known as Yoopers (U P-ers). Do you know what those living in the Lower Peninsula are called?

Trolls ... because they live "under" the (Mackinac) Bridge. LOL!

Anyway, only the southern half of the Lower Peninsula has a climate and soil which supports farming like seen here. This is clearly shown in this "Product Map" of Michigan from 1960: http://www.classbrain.com/artstate/pu...

The only county south of Saginaw Bay (about the northern edge of this kind of farming) with photos from the early 60s is Calhoun (assuming for now that "Discover Your Photos" lists all years scanned so far for these counties).

After some tedious Google Earthing, one might stumble upon this: http://g.co/maps/3n6c -- specifically the business on the south west corner of the intersection of S Hillsdale St (Route 99) and Terrace Dr in Homer, MI. Street View confirms that this is the right building.

I believe this is now O'dell Grain & Fertilizer; but I haven't quite figured out what it was when this photo was taken. Likely possibilities are Howard H. Smith (New Idea, Gehl, and Oliver farm equipment) or Anderson Bros. (John Deere farm equipment), the two farm equipment dealers from Homer that advertised in the Calhoun County plat map/directory from around 1963 [our library's genealogy section, the largest of any public library in the US, has historic plat maps / farm directories for most counties in the US].


Lance
09/01/2011

Congratulations Tony! You found it!

Here's a link to a photo of Young's right next door!
http://bit.ly/qnYQI3

That closes up this week's contest! Check back on 9/5!


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