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Chillicothe Buicks: 1940

Chillicothe Buicks: 1940

February 1940. Courthouse and auto transport hauling Buicks in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

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IHOP in Chillicothe

You have an IHOP now, ha ha, but still many more Bob's ... just wanted to say this is the first time on this website and I am enjoying it so much ... it's so interesting ... I have already been sending links to all of my family.

U.S. 23

The picture in question shows an older alignment of U.S. 23, along Paint Street. The camera is facing west, on Main Street, which is still U.S. 50 today. Paint Street is still Ohio highway 772.


Looks to me as if they have their hubcaps, at least the two on the top of the carrier do.

Again, no bumpers

After someone mentioned it in comments for another picture with a car-hauler I've been keeping an eye out. I can't tell if hubcaps are on, though.

FSA photographers

A bit of background on the FSA.The purpose of the Farm Security Administration Photographic Project was to gain support for projects proposed by Roosevelt's New Deal government and funded by the taxpayers. FSA photographers followed a detailed outline when documenting life in small-town America, using a checklist for their documentation. For example "street life" would include photographs of stores, theaters, churches, garages, shops, restaurants, hotels, public buildings (such as the courthouse in the photo above ) and were to include details such as fire escapes, balconies, signs, facades, etc. Their primary responsibility was to create a historical record.


We have a Bob Evans in Chillicothe, not IHOPs, thank you.

It's funny, Route 23 doesn't run through Main Street in that direction.

The Buick Highway!

US23 must have been known locally as the Buick Highway thru Chilli!

"....Well, turn left onto Buick and then go three miles to that IHOP [sorry] on your right, and then pull a right at the corner...."

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