Nice photo! I can't make out the number of stars on the flag, but I'd guess more then a century ago.
WOW! Great photo! A brass era Model T and a curved dash Olds, but I wonder what the big car in the middle is? Fourth of July,....really??? Almost looks more like a nice warm late October day,.....??? Certainly not a Spring day, because the street is not muddy.
Strange thing about that beautiful picture though,....wonder why on the Fourth of July in Iowa, there are no leaves on the trees??? Could that photo have the wrong caption? A really nice photograph tho' for sure,.....harold
If we could read the sign on the horse-drawn float it would probably give a clue - all I can read is "TODAY".
I grew up a few miles from Preston. I wish I could go back there today and find that CDO!
Perhaps it's actually "Decoration Day", before it was designated "Memorial Day". If I remember right, that was in April down south... that could explain why no leaves. But, as mentioned before, the roads would probably be a mess from mud.
Interesting to think about.
Dale, do you own the original or have a high res copy? Can you read the banner?
It must be in the spring. Behind the CDO is a horse-drawn grain drill, and behind that is a New Idea manure spreader. I can't imagine why someone would want to put their turd hearse in a parade...
No leaves on the trees. Earlier than Memorial Day.
This is why it would be nice to read the sign. Why a parade with a grain drill and a manure spreader ? Possibly a salesman for an equipment company making field calls - arranged a parade and a brass band to insure a good turnout of prospective customers. That's why traveling salesmen were called "drummers" and the reason for the expression "drumming up business". I recall my great-grandmother's reminiscences of that era in her small farm community, and all the excitement when ". . . A drummer came to town. ". Things were very different then.
What? A CDO? lol!
There's way more people in the parade than watching.
The car in the middle looks alot like an EMF.