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Photographs3757 of 4358WW2 snapshot of Army Doctor with Cigar Store IndianMain Street, Crown Point, IN, early 1900s
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Posted 6 years ago


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These photos have been passed down in the family and show street scenes in the early 1900s in Crown Point, IN. The first photo shows my grandfather and his buddies in front of a Garage. Grandpa is on the bench in the middle in the white shirt. Judging from his age, I think the photo was taken about 1915, maybe earlier. I’m out of my comfort zone here, but I believe the contraption in front is a portable gas pump. Is this correct? The third photo shows an early motorcycle/bicycle shop. I’m guessing that’s an early gas pump in front of the store. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks! :)

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  1. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
    You are correct on all the three. I was in Crown Point last Wednesday and had lunch. The Courthouse is beautiful, love the whole town.
  2. marcobabe13 marcobabe13, 6 years ago
    Thank you, officialfuel! Did you do any picking around CP? Or visit our numerous antique shops?
  3. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
    I went to every antique store in town and found a few things on the way home.
  4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
    Love the pics, really like looking in the windows in the background
  5. marcobabe13 marcobabe13, 6 years ago
    Thanks, kerry, and I also enjoyed looking in the windows!
  6. chevy59 chevy59, 6 years ago
    I have a fuel cart or portable gas pump exactly like the one in your photo, it's currently being restored. I will post pics when restoration is complete. Thanks for showing the photo's!
  7. marcobabe13 marcobabe13, 6 years ago
    You're welcome, chevy, and I'll look forward to your posting!
  8. fourpeepsake fourpeepsake, 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing these pics marcobabe13. I am enjoying the opportunity to window shop.
  9. marcobabe13 marcobabe13, 6 years ago
    You're welcome, fourpeepsake. Yes, window shopping is always fun. Thanks for stopping by.
  10. Armyeng Armyeng, 3 years ago
    wow great pic you should contact American Pickers Mike Wolfe he would probably love copies of these!

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