Snapshots of Cape Girardeau

Ken Steinhoff 2013-2014 CalendarI keep forgetting to pitch my 2013-2014 Snapshots of Cape Girardeau calendar, but I’d better get on the ball if I want enough gas money to make it back to Florida.

Snapshots of Cape Girardeau is a collection of vintage photographs from roughly 1963 through 1967. Some were shot for The Tiger or The Girardot at Central High School; others might have been for The Jackson Pioneer or The Southeast Missourian. Some might have been taken just for the heck of it.

You can’t find a better holiday gift for someone who grew up in Cape Girardeau. (If you want to make it a super special gift, write down all the important family birthdays and special dates in it before you wrap it up. Wife Lila has been doing that for years and it’s always popular.)

How do I get one?

Cover of Smelterville book in progressIf you are in the Cape area, Annie Laurie’s Antiques at Broadway and Fountain has copies of both the calendar and my work-in-progress Smelterville book for $20 each. I’m even willing to bring one to lunch (Dutch treat) if you catch me in the next few days before I head back to defrost in Florida.

 How to shop at Amazon

Buy From Amazon.com to Support Ken Steinhoff

The gas and motel bills are starting to filter in from my trip and my bank balance is starting to disappear. This is a good time to make a pitche: if you shop on Amazon, click on that big Click Here button (or the one that’s at the top left of every page). It will take you directly to Amazon just like always, but it will contain a code that will give me about 6% of whatever you purchase without adding a penny to your bill. It’s a painless way to say “Thanks” for the stories and photos I send your way almost every day. Here’s more info that Kid Matt wrote.

How to order by mail

If you’d like your calendar or book mailed, press the DONATE button at the top left of the page and make a $25 donation. After you do that, there’s another box where you can tell Wife Lila your mailing address and whether you want a calendar or the Smelterville book.

Sneak peek at the pictures

Here’s what you’ll find inside the calendar. Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the sides to move through the gallery. I tried to pick photos you wouldn’t mind looking at for a month.

 

Lincoln on KY Courthouse?

Caldwell County KY Courthouse 10-28-2013Curator Jessica can’t pass a sign that says “Historical” or any building older than me. One of those side-trips took us into downtown Princeton, Kentucky, where we looked at the monolithic Caldwell County Courthouse. Even I could recognize some of the Art Deco features.

I didn’t think the South was fond of Lincoln

Caldwell County KY Courthouse 10-28-2013One of the interesting touches was that over the entrance on each side was inscribed the compass direction: North, South, etc. Four visages peered out of the east and west walls.

I was surprised to see one of them was Abe Lincoln. I wouldn’t have expected him to be too popular on a Southern courthouse. Maybe his Kentucky roots made them cut him some slack.

Confederate soldier stands guard

Caldwell County KY Courthouse 10-28-2013A memorial to Confederate soldiers stands facing south. His back is to Lincoln, who is on the northeast wall.

Father of the country

Caldwell County KY Courthouse 10-28-2013George Washington is on the northwest wall.

Who is this?

Caldwell County KY Courthouse 10-28-2013

This fellow is stuck looking to the west from the southwest wall. Neither Jessica nor I had a clue who he is.

Another mystery figure

Caldwell County KY Courthouse 10-28-2013This man was on the southeast wall. The dark area under his nose isn’t a shadow. I don’t know if it was mold or if someone had disfigured the image. It was high up on the wall, so I doubt the latter was the case.

Jessica stopped a woman coming out of the courthouse to see if she could be of any help, but she admitted that she had never noticed the figures. It’s a possibility they were local important people.

First Friday

This is a reminder that I’ll be at Annie Laurie’s on Broadway on First Friday, November 1, from about 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by, take a look at my 2013-2014 Snapshots of Cape Girardeau calendars and Smelterville books and give a Southeast Missouri welcome to Jessica who has trouble believing my stories about the region. Laurie says there will be cookies and hot apple cider on hand.