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Fred Lynch

Grader blading snow in Cape Girardeau

Posted Friday, February 12, 2010, at 7:25 AM

This winter scene in Cape Girardeau was taken by G.D. Fronabarger and published in the Southeast Missourian on Jan. 26, 1961. The view of a road grader blading Perry Avenue is looking north from near Broadway. Capaha Park is on the right. The Rose Display Garden with its fence is in the upper right corner.


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  • I wonder if I am the only one to note that the operator has the blade down so hard that the front wheels are off the snow covered ground? I sure do love these old black and white photos.

    .....and so it goes~~

    -- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 8:01 AM
  • mo_ky_, I noticed and also see the door is open and he has no hat. A really good heater or tough ears. And is a car-truck wreck about to happen?

    -- Posted by Old John on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 10:36 AM
  • Boy, technology has changed since then, hasn't it?

    I miss the days of "over-engineered, but simpler" machines. Ya' don't get an actual steering-WHEEL anymore---now ya' get a JOY-stick...!

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 10:59 AM
  • And I remember Soap Box Derby races down that same hill pictured. Of course, at a different time of the year!

    -- Posted by voyager on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 11:26 AM
  • Looks like a VW to the left side of photo....would seem to date tend toward 60's

    -- Posted by darkstar on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 11:31 AM
  • My Grandparents lived in the white house behind the pine tree on the left side of the photo. I believe his parked car is the one behind the grader. That would make this possibly 64 or 65?

    -- Posted by capetoo on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 2:06 PM