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Iowa City in the Snow: 1940

Iowa City in the Snow: 1940

February 1940. The main street in Iowa City during a snowstorm. View full size. Businesses in this view include Bremer's, the Capitol Cafe and Princess No. 2. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

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"This picture has it all"

Yes, not to mention the clock that tells us what time it is, and a nice reflection of the bicycle on the side of that shiny sedan.

Shorpy is a time travel machine.

Capitol Cafe

Here is the corrected photo of the inside of the Capitol Cafe -->
Click on the thumbnail for big image version.

More IC winter

That photo is wonderful! The UI Libraries are featuring a digital collection of similar early 20th century winter scenes:

Princess Sweet Shop?

I'm guessing the Princess 2 is a sister shop to the Princess Cafe and Sweet Shop in Iowa Falls. It's an incredible piece of interior design on the main street in Iowa Falls. Didn't find any good pics of the current interior, but here is a short page about the Iowa Falls location.

Bicycles, white shirts and ties

Come to Utah, we have *plenty* of those. They'll come to your door and talk about Jesus! That said, I really liked this picture. Snow makes me happy!

Same block as the last one?

This looks like the same block of E. Washington as the last Iowa City picture. Not my picture, and not quite the same angle, but it looks like the Capitol Cafe building is in the middle of this shot.


I love the "Air Conditioned" sign on the front of the Capitol Cafe, I bet that drew customers in on a cold winter day in Iowa. Also, what's that hanging from the bike's handlebars? Some kind of tail ornament? Cool!

IC Winter

Thank you for posting these photos. I love looking at the past through photos. I'm not from Iowa, Newfoundland Canada actually. Also a car buff, and this picture has it all. When was the last time you saw a boy riding a bicycle in a snowstorm with a white shirt and necktie?

Capitol Cafe, Iowa City

Here is a 1938 photo of the inside of the Capitol Cafe.

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