Being a collector by nature this hunt for evidence of historic Maplewood is satisfying for several reasons. It is rewarding to share these images and information with everyone. Many of you have told me how much you enjoy seeing them. The feedback is 100% positive. Having been involved in a few other issues around the community, I can't tell you how much I appreciate that.
So I get to enjoy the thrill of the hunt and best of all since all of the images, documents, or artifacts uncovered during this hunt are delivered to the collection in the Maplewood Public Library, they are not cluttering up my basement. It is cluttered just not with this stuff.
Many of the photos in our growing collection arrive with little or no information attached. Such is the case with the ones in this post though as you can see they tell an interesting story on their own.
We have Jay Hardy to thank for preserving and providing these photos of the Ladd Brother's Service Station and their entry in the 1947 Soap Box Derby (I'm assuming that's what this race was. I have no more information than these photos provide.) Hope you enjoy them.