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Here Vernon stands behind a 1936 Chevrolet coupe in Falmouth, probably in the summer of 1936 or 1937.

The route sign in the background has an “L,” probably to indicate that US 27 will turn left at the next corner (from northbound Main Street onto West Shelby Street).  Also in the background is the competition:  the M.S. Myers Machine Shop & Garage, offering authorized Buick service.

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In the foreground, the sidewalk in front of Shoemaker’s showroom window was wide enough for wooden benches and a couple of gasoline pumps.  Customers would often pull up to buy just a dollar's worth of gas, which should be enough to get them to Cincinnati, 37 miles away.  They'd stop their cars right on the street, along the curb where the pumps were located.  And my father is standing behind one such car.

When he arrived in Falmouth, he had rented a room just on the other side of the railroad tracks that follow the winding Licking River north to Covington.  The location, five blocks from the garage, was 330 Rigg Street.

According to the 1930 census, this $3,500 house was the home of Jim and Leonie McClanahan.  Three men in their early twenties also lived there.  They included the McClanahans' nephew Elbert plus two boarders:  my father, and a carpenter named Hobert McKinney.  Below is that address today, still bearing a shamrock.