Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Omaha Nebraska

This photograph shows downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The picture was taken in 1938. I visited Omaha once, and thought it was a pretty nice place.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. I find it interesting that they painted an arrow on the sidewalk so you would know which meter went with which car.

  4. As a teenager I loved old American cars, so much more style than English
    ones. Good photograph. When did the
    the U.S.A. start using parking meters?

  5. The first meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Ok. in July of 1935.

  6. 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

  7. 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 info

  8. Thanks Al. We didn't get them until
    1958. Now there everywhere and you
    can't move for cars, the UK being a
    such a small island.


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