I'm familiar with that photo.
That's the Coliseum Pavillion, 449 Lexington Parkway (at University Avenue) in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was a dancehall (ballroom) and roller rink.
The Coliseum Pavillion was adjacent to the left field fence of the Lexington Park, where the St. Paul Saints baseball team played. The mob of people and vehicles in the photo may have something to do with a baseball game, not an event in the pavilion. (You can imagine how well attended the Saints games were when they played played against the Minneapolis Millers - probably quite the mob scene.)
The original physical photo is in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.
I have a friend who is in his late 80s in the antique car hobby. His father was a professional drummer and played with Wally Erickson's Coliseum Orchestra at that venue in the 1920s and 30s.
Aerial photo of Lexington Park taken in the 1920s - I have circled the Coliseum Pavillion at the upper right:
More parking woes - opening day at Lexington Park in 1929 (University Avenue is where the street car is running in the upper right hand side of the photo. Still a major thoroughfare running through Minneapolis and St. Paul.)
(Message edited by Erik_johnson on October 01, 2015)
I bet THAT'S why they started painting lines in parking lots.
Oh, to have to suffer through dealing with parking lots jammed
with nothing but 1920's (and earlier) vehicles !
This would have made stealing a car very difficult. At least there is one advantage.
Have any of you looked closely at the types of cars in the top and bottom pictures? In the upper photo maybe 50% of the cars are open and yet in the lower image there aren't more than a handful of open cars.
By the late Twenties most people welcomed rollup windows, tight fitting doors and that Glory of Glories; the Heater.
Looking at the way those cars are jammed together brings a whole new meaning to the term, "Last In First Out'.
Last in, first out sure indicates a whole different frame of mind. When folks attended an event they expected to be there from start to finish. This was undoubtedly at least partially due to the fact that there was no technology that could interrupt them once they left home. Therefore, there was no chance of getting a phone call, text, or email that would compel you to leave early.
Things have changed somewhat.......
I wonder how many hours it took to get all those cars out! Glad I don't have to face that problem.
Kind of reminds me of the parking around Wrigley field during a Cubs game!
The last photo is not a clear enough view to identify many cars. But I see a '24/'25 T coupe much like mine (behind the two-door coach I cannot identify). To the rear of that unidentified coach is another two-door coach, a '27/'28 Whippet. The spanking new non-Ford coupe in the front corner of the picture I think is a 1929 Whippet. A fellow I know is an Overland collector and he has a '29 Whippet roadster that is very similar to that. There may have been an active Whippet dealer in the area.
That last photo does not appear to have many model Ts in it, unlike the first photo posted by Jay. There are quite a few Ts in it, mostly enclosed cars. I see at least two T coupes and several sedans. There are two center-door sedans parked one in front of the other near your left edge of the picture (stage right).
Thank you Jay and all!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2