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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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Help Beautify Junkyards

I made it from Gainesvill, Fla., to just south of Nashville today. Skies were overcast, even traffic through Atlanta wasn’t all that bad. An audio book made the miles go quickly.

I wasn’t tempted to shoot anything along the road today, which is a good thing. I just discovered that the memory card is still in the computer and not in the camera. If I had reached for the camera to shoot that once-in-a-lifetime shot and found no “film” in it, I’d have been unhappy.

“Throw something lovely away”

This scan from somewhere around Cape has been kicking around for months, but I couldn’t find an excuse to run it. It’s a “road” shot, so I guess that’s my excuse.

The only thing I can’t figure out is who would put up a billboard that says, “Help Beautify Junk Yards – Throw Something Lovely Away Today.” There’s no small print with a sponsor name on it.

4 comments to Help Beautify Junkyards

  • Don Wareing

    Best Guess: A junkyard owner nearby….

  • Bill Stone

    The billboard is probably advertising a new TV series American “Junk Yard” Pickers with Frank and Mike opening another shop in Cape. Or perhaps it is another HGTV series “If Junkyards could talk” or “Unsellable Junkyards”! Gee, I wish they would have included a network or channel on the billboard. My guess is the former rather than the latter shows.

    • This was shot in the ’60s, back in the day when you were lucky to be able to get 1-1/2 TV stations. We didn’t have reality TV, we had reality.

      My guess is that it might have been a filler ad for a billboard that didn’t have a paid one.

  • Andreas Kuhn

    You should ask Marshall McLuhan 🙂

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