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Star Garage: 1942

Star Garage: 1942

April 1942. "Missoula, Montana. Garage." More curbside gas pumps! Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Concrete Mixer

Made by Jaeger in the foreground. These were powered by stationary hit and miss engines. I have the engine sans mixer in a 3.5 horse size. The one that would be in this one was likely smaller. More like a 1.5, or 2.5 engine. Jaeger bought their engines from Hercules, which were made in Evansville, In.

Prescience

An early WWW.

Again?

Pearls of wisdom almost every photo. Isn't anyone else commenting? Really Dave.

[Well, there's you, and all these other people. - Dave]

Brutal

Usually I favor saving and restoring old buildings. In the case of what they have done with the Star Garage there in Missoula?

Not so much.

Incognito

This article says the nondescript building at 149 W. Front has been many things: Star Garage, restaurant, Star Garage Disco, and offices. It lost its second story (why?!?) in a 1970 remuddle, when it was converted from garage to restaurant, and then lost all but one arch when it was converted to offices.

Solid

That's a honey of a building with a lot of impressive decorative brickwork. I'm loving the fleur de lis blooming on either side of the main title. The arches are divine.

Still there, kind of

I found the building today, but not as I expected to. On the wall of a downtown gym, forever memorialized in paint.

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