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This image was taken for Hinky Dinky Food Store. The Hinky Dinky building was located at 711 South 11th Street in Omaha, Nebraska.
This image was taken for Hinky Dinky Food Store. The Hinky Dinky building was located at 711 South 11th Street in Omaha, Nebraska.

This 8″ x 10″ black and white acetate negative shows a large, eight-story brick building. Painted on the side of the building is: “Omaha Owned Hinky-Dinky Food Stores, Merchants Wholesale Grocery Co”. An overpass with steps leading up to it crosses the street in front of the building. There are cars parked on the right side of the street and a rail car on the left.”

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  1. Tailover is the previously lauded “1.3″ of Turkey-hefting fame. Dating the photo can be a little tricky. Ted may be dead on or it could be earlier. Remember that no new cars were built for the ’42 to ’46 model years. People hung on to cars longer then too. So a preponderance of ’30s vehicles might make it a picture from the ’30s or a picture from the ’40s. One would have to be expert enough to spot ’40 and ’41 models (or ’47 and later) to be sure. I’m not. Anyone?

  2. I have good memories of entering that oddly situated building. I am not sure when it was constructed, but I was a visitor in the early to mid-1960s. The automobiles pictured were likely from the 1940s. As you can see from the photo, to enter the building on the third floor (the main office) you would drive up the elevated roadway that led to a bridge (that crossed over many railroad tracks) and park in front. That may have been the only time I ever found myself exiting a car parked on a steel roadway elevated a few floors above the ground. The front office was small and dark. Behind a glass door was the main floor of the office, a large open room with dozens of desks. That is where the buyers and order takers for the various stores sat. That was all before the days of cubicle partitioning and good lighting. There was probably a lamp on each desk. Everything was dark; brown or darker brown. In those days it seemed that everything was in “black and white,” before color TV existed. On the perimeter of that large room and likely upstairs where the private offices of managers, the vice presidents, and the president. I remember taking a freight elevator up and/or downstairs a few times to where the “goods” were stored. As a combo office/wherehouse, it was located along a railroad siding where goods could be offloaded. That was state of art in those days. The building is near “Old Town” in Omaha, which is still the coolest area where restaurants, shops and the such are found.

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