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Tired Treads: 1937

Tired Treads: 1937

October 1937. "Used tires -- Minot, North Dakota." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Culicidae Towers

I can only imagine the number of mosquitoes growing inside those tires during warm, wet periods.


The clouds of bloodsuckers must have been impressive.

Pole on the right

Is used when they have to move the stack from one pole to the other while retaining the top-to-bottom order.

(Towers of Hanoi -- undergrad recursive programming exercise)


Opposite the Court House.

Motto of Minot

"Why not Minot?"
The answer: forty degrees below zero.

Backup motto of Minot:
"Forty below keeps the riff-raff out."

Déjà vu

Now it all makes sense.

Hi ho the glamorous life

Russell Lee must have been a real trouper. He went all the way to Minot, just to capture the majesty of these used tires. I can almost smell the filthy things.


Get your ears pointed for free with purchase of four tires.

Re: Ring toss

Of course Dave is right. But please note, 1pictureisworth1000words: the stack on the right is on a shorter log than the one on the left, and it is NOT the log directly behind this short one, with wires attached. Look closely: there are three separate logs here. (Four, if you include the really tall one on the far right which is painted white where there are no climbing pegs.)

[Executive summary: The stack on the right is in front of a utility pole. - Dave]

North Dakota?

These were probably used to measure snow depth.


Just wondering how on earth they got those old tires stacked on such tall poles--especially the one that has utility wires running to and from it. My guess is that they must cut the tires to open them for placing on the stacks. Any other guesses?

[Ring toss! - Dave]

Ralphie as an adult

"My old man's spare tires were only actually tires in the academic sense. They were round and had once been made of rubber."

Good Reception

Most antennas ever.


This whole thing just begs for a Laurel & Hardy response. What potential for a really funny short!

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