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Picturing the Past 14: New car timePosted Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 9:42 AM
Cannon Chevrolet, from July 1965, in the Depot Street building which was demolished around 1979-80. (T-G file photo)
Two unusual items here, which you won't see at today's new car dealerships:
1. There are Texaco gas pumps in front of the building and a Texaco sign on the building. They also sold gas in addition to cars -- perfect for attracting potential customers. Admire the new cars nearby as your gas is pumped (no self-service then).
2. Look closely in the middle of the used lot, pictured in a second shot we've added to the Picturing the Past photo gallery, and you'll see what appears to be a pay telephone booth. Perfect for making that quick call to a bank or loan company ("Can I afford this car??")
How many dealerships do you see today with a gas station and pay phone?
In the photo above you'll see a '65 Impala 2-door hardtop (which would be a collector's item today), what looks like a '65 BelAir 4-door sedan, and a '65 Corvair.
This was about three years before Cannon moved to Lane Parkway in what's now a "dead spot" of unoccupied buildings.
I guess the old Cannon site could be considered a "dead spot" as well. Walk by on foot today and you'll see the bottom of the posts which were in front of the car lot, which appear to have been cut off with a chain saw at some point, and a little bit of the concrete parking lot. Vehicles must have been really jammed into what seems to be a small area for a new car dealership.
Does anyone remember the final use of this building before it was demolished? It was Buck's Kaleidoscope, a dance club run by one of the Buckingham brothers (I'm thinking Dwight) for only a month or so around 1979.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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