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Watkins Glen Parking: 1970

Watkins Glen Parking: 1970

This is part of the parking paddock at Watkins Glen on CanAm weekend, 1970. Lots of American and British/European classics, all collectible today. In the background is the in-field weekend camping area, much of it tents and pickup camper caps then. Was it Watkins Glen or Mosport that the infield was known as "The Swamp" for it's "spirited" nighttime fun? View full size.

Poor Quality Plumbing

In just ten short years the public restrooms at "the Glen" would all change from functional to decorative.. In an attempt to provide a clean fresh smell, someone had dropped several cases of hockey puck sized mints all over the facilities. Neatly lettered graffiti on one inside wall proclaimed.. "Don't eat the mints"

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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