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Midweek Mystery: Jimmie Thompson's

Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at 1:20 AM

Who are these people?

The group was photographed by G.D. Fronabarger in front of Jimmie Thompson's in the 1950s.

Jimmie Thompson's Drive-In Restaurant, 1923 Broadway, is listed in the 1954 and 1956 Cape Girardeau city directories. Owners listed are John F. and Chris C. Bond.

My guess is they are students and teachers at Cape Girardeau Central High School, which happens to be just a few blocks away.

McDonald's is currently located at 1925 Broadway.

Behind the group is the Cordelia Avenue street sign. It appears that Jimmie Thompson's was demolished and a strip mall was built in its place, where AAA Auto Club is now.

In the background on the far left side is Broadway Prescription Shop, 1900 Broadway, at Caruthers Avenue.

Jan. 14, 1955 Southeast Missourian Locals and Personals ad:

Sandwiches, all kinds, French fried onions. Curb service 4 p.m. to midnight. Jimmie Thompson's.

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I would almost bet that this is the Central football, or baseball team getting treated to dinner at Jimmie Thompson's by the coaches and the AD.

At first glance, I thought that it may be a travelling western swing band, but their suits don't match, and there is too much of an age discrepency between the 15 or so youths, and the three old guys.

Anyhow, interesting photo. As always, thanks for posting.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 4:02 PM

I don't remember any of this but I didn't spend a lot of time in Cape in the fifties since I was born in 1962.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Apr 15, 2011, at 8:12 AM

Could it be the 1954 Central baseball team?

-- Posted by howdydoody on Fri, Apr 15, 2011, at 6:29 PM

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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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