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Flats Fixed: 1937

Flats Fixed: 1937

An uncaptioned photo from a group of pictures taken by Edwin Rosskam in the Northeast in the late 1930s. Who can locate the intersection? View full size.

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Could it be?

Could this be what is now the intersection of Bates Road and Horace Harding Boulevard in Lake Success, NY?

Staged Photo?

Did the photographer set this one up? Wouldn't the "flats fixed" message normally face the road?

[Maybe the flat-fixer was out to lunch, or perhaps only time-sharing the spot with the florist. -tterrace]

Days of My Youth

I lived just a short walk south of the old Horace Harding Blvd., off Main Street in Flushing. During summers, I would walk up to the boulevard to watch the construction - at that point, the roadway was being depressed to create a level overpass for Main Street and other streets. Quite a project.

East Williston

I can almost make out the first name on the road sign as being "East Williston." That town is south of what used to be Route 25D, near that road's eastern end. If this is correct, most likely we are looking in a generally SE direction at the intersection of 25D and Roslyn Road, and the cars are heading north on Roslyn Road.

Taking a Shot

Judging by the shadows, the bloom on the trees, and knowing that 25D ran east/west, I would guess the cars are heading west, and we are looking N/NE.

[25D runs to the left and right. It's not the road the cars are on. - Dave]

Close-Up Please

That is a NY State historical marker diagonally across the intersection. If we could get an enlargement of that sign, and/or what appears to be the road sign on the short pole to the left of the leftmost phone pole, we could possibly nail it down.

[That's a road sign, not a historical marker. The other sign says 25D. - Dave]

Thanks for the close-up, Dave.

Outward Bound

Route 25D is Horace Harding Boulevard. It starts in Queens and winds its way through Nassau County as the northerly service road of the Long Island Expressway, alternately known as Interstate 495, or the World's Longest Parking Lot.


I can't help but wonder if this entrepreneur kept a box of tacks handy for use when business was slow.

The former 25D ran where the LIE does now

Long Island

If this is NY State Route 25, and based on the design of the sign it could well be, then somewhere along the rolling North Shore of Long Island -- Manhasset, perhaps? The flowers for sale often indicate a cemetery or hospital nearby. That's all I have.

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