Looks like mid to late teens, possibly early 20's.
Interesting mix of parking techniques - most folks backed into their spots, but a few pulled in forward and some others up the street appear to be parallel parked.
I love these types of photo's. Where the horse and buggy was still being use along with their modern counterpart
I just noticed - what is the tower for in the background? Too early for a radio tower, I would have thought.
Could be a radio tower,radio came to Arkansas in 1922.
That car to the left in front looks like a 26. I can't tell if the bottom glass is curved, could be a 25. I would suggest the picture was taken in the late 20's. The buggy seems to be the focus of the picture because it is in the foreground.
Interestingly, that buggy looks identical to one we are restoring for the Alpine Historical Society. If it is, it was made in San Francisco. Ours buggy was made before 1906, because it has a plaque with the name and address of the company. The building at that address was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and the company moved to a different location after the quake.
I sent a link to a good friend who used to live in Stuttgart. This is his reply:
Radio didn't come to Stuttgart till Melvin P Spann put KWAK on the air in 1948 or '49. I lived there 1946 through '58, frequently went home to visit Mom till she moved from there in '95, don't remember that tower during those times.
It's interesting that the tower appears to be smack-dab in the middle of Main Street. Maybe it was a PR thing to draw attention to that new-fangled "wireless telephone" system.
The pennants strung across the street look like they say, "BUY L?B??????...."
"Buy Liberty Bonds," maybe?
There was a habit a lot of folks had in the twenties, they backed into the curb so that when they left they could hand crank the car without first pushing it away from the curb.
Makes sense, thanks Aaron!
I agree, Mike, I think the banner says "Buy Liberty Bonds".
Just a thought on the tower? It wasn't really common, but some towns did put up a single tower downtown street lamp. San Jose California had a very famous one about 1890 something. It stood for many years before the major part of town was wired for electricity. The single tower lit most of the downtown at night. It was eventually demolished. There is a (about) quarter size replica of the tower in the San Jose Historic Park where the SCVMTFC holds their annual "History in the Park" meet.
Other than the radio tower (already dismissed) I cannot think of much else it could be unless they are planning to park a Zeppelin.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Aaron, you've outlined half of a problem. When I take the TT to Home Depot, Lowe's or the like it's difficult to decide whether it's better to back in the parking space for ease of starting it (crank only, no starter), or pull in nose first for ease of loading it.
After a job interview this AM, I spent the day doing pickup framing all around my TT in the shop today.
I am happy to have it home and in the shop, but can hardly wait to get it licensed so I can run and get
materials with it.
light tower in Detroit
What's hidden behind the mule?