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    Posted 5 years ago

    Beantighe
    (10 items)

    Neat 1926 photo taken during construction of highway 71 in Missouri. It measures 4.5 x 6.5. The machine is a Koehring Paver. Old car in the background, two men on top one smoking a cig and the other waving a hammer. From facial expressions on some, this was hard work! Can tell it was taken in the middle of Missouri farm country.

    EDIT TO ADD: added Phil's clean-up as last photo. Thanks Phil!

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    Comments

    1. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Road work is just horrible. I'd hate to do it now, and even more so then!
    2. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 5 years ago
      Nice photograph Beantighe, I wonder what kind of car that is, it looks stubby. One thing about road work, it keeps going and going, sometimes it feels like it will never be finished! :^)
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Wow, what a machine, I can imagine something like that paving the skulls in the Terminator movie !
    4. Beantighe, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the comments. Yes, that machine is something, isn't it? I wonder how long it took them to complete that portion. It looks tedious! I doubt they even imagined their work would eventually become an interstate highway.
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      It looks probably done from a glass negative which were usually back then the size of a postcard. The image may be reverse printed as usually the writing done on these postcards was readable.
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Enlarged the postcard and can read parts of the paving machine so it is not reverse printed !! However they did writing on the front of the postcard on the reverse side of the glass plate, so that is why the letters are reversed.
    7. Beantighe, 5 years ago
      Heck, it hadn't yet clicked with me that both should have been reversed. lol It would have dawned on me eventually (that's my story and I'm sticking to it ;-) But yes, that explains that!
    8. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Did a cleanup where I mostly removed stains and lightened and darkened some places where the staining on the card had made it harder to make out. Will post on my site so that Beantighe can copy if he wants to and I will remove copy on my page.
    9. Beantighe, 5 years ago
      Would love to see it, PhilDMorris. Where is your website?
    10. Beantighe, 5 years ago
      Found it! Thanks PhilD!
    11. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 5 years ago
      I think I found out what car that is, a 1921-26 Ford model T Coupe! :^)
    12. Beantighe, 5 years ago
      Cool, Bill! I think that car in the photo is amusing just because it looks so out of place sitting in the field, but between the men as though it was planned.
    13. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      Sure used a lot of man power!!
    14. Beantighe, 5 years ago
      It did use a lot of manpower, didn't it, PostCardCollector? Some of those men look more like boys.

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