Mar 12 2020

Mystery Foto #11A Solved: From the Garden City Archives- A Tour in 1908

The Garden City Archives challenged you in 2016 to identify this special 1908 tour.



Howard Kroplick



Mar 12 2020 Greg O. 9:32 PM

Ah, a repeat from mystery photo #17 Apr 26th 2016.

-Identify the location in the Mystery Foto and orientation of the photographer.

Krug’s Corner at the intersection of Willis Avenue and Jericho Turnpike in Mineola. The photographer was looking east straight down Jericho Turnpike.

-Which building in the Mystery Foto is still standing?

136 Jericho Turnpike, the building on the southeast corner of the intersection-now Atlantic Travel.
From mystery photo 17;  ‘Al Velocci believes the building was moved east with the expansion of Willis Avenue. The buidling on the southeast corner was taken down in the early 1970s.’

-Associate the Mystery Foto with the Vanderbilt Cup Races.

There are many photos of this location especially from the 1906 races. With some of my favorites being from the Pickering Collection, that coincidentally, seemed to be a topic of conversation today!

-What was the likely purpose of the tour?

According to the Garden City Archives, these cars were on their way to take a tour of the proposed course for the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race, including sections of the Long Island Motor Parkway under construction.

-What was the likely month and date of the Mystery Foto?

This was taken during the summer of 1908 during the construction of the LIMP.

-Kudos question: Identify one or more automobiles in the Mystery Foto.

I’ll go for the easy one and say the second one in from the right can clearly be ID’d as an REO (Model C) on the radiator.

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