Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
I wonder if the Metropolitan Drug Store is still in business. And, if so, does it still have a soda fountain.Fontana, California has a drug store that still has a soda fountain. It is not as busy as I remember them from my youth.
I think it is interesting to note the color of the vehicles. Henry Ford once said concerning the Model T ,"They can have any color they want as long as it is black." I work in the automotive carpet business and we have every color imaginable now. We offer over 40 shades of grey. I often think that Mr. Ford had the right idea.
I find it interesting that they painted an arrow on the sidewalk so you would know which meter went with which car.
As a teenager I loved old American cars, so much more style than Englishones. Good photograph. When did thethe U.S.A. start using parking meters?
The first meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Ok. in July of 1935.
This photo is a classic. The cars are in such a perfect line, like a used car dealer had set it up. The store fronts show how it was when I was growing up. Thanks for the information on the parking meters. IMHO the item most responsible for killing the Mom and Pop stores in home town America I had one old time store keeper tell me they needed them to stop overtime parking after Prohibition because the gambling houses and bars were so busy. He said after that they could never get enough concil votes to remove the "damned" things
This reminds me of a wonderful Will Rogers 2 reeler called "Don't Park There!" (1924) Rogers struggles to find a parking spot in order to run a simple errand.Sound familiar? Gee, I get to do that every day!Here's a link to the IMDB infohttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0231484/
Thanks Al. We didn't get them until1958. Now there everywhere and youcan't move for cars, the UK being asuch a small island.