Thursday, September 4, 2008

Jake and Irene having a gas!

Finding this photo was one of those strange accidental discoveries that anyone who has ever done research can relate to. This 1957 photo depicts the Wisconsin History Mobile, a traveling history exhibit once operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The building in the background is the Clark Oil Station at South Park in Madison, which we document in our book. Finding this station's photo in the historical society's public relations collection just points out that you never know where you will find those goodies that stir the blood of the researcher.

I love the contrast between the nebbish historical society workers and the Clark Oil attendants in their jump suits. If you want to know more about this picture, click here.

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