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Photo by F.M. Kirkpatrick

Happy Race Week 2014, Indianapolis!

Wilbur Shaw may have won his third race in four years during the 1940 Indy 500 on May 30, 1940, but “Mother’s” short Penny Post was about the weather.

Postmarked: Seymour, IND. May 31, 1940 1 PM

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Message:
We had a nice trip but got a lot of rain
Mother

Addressed to:
Leonard A Smith
4121 Scotten
Detroit, Mich.

A penny for your thoughts … If you’re headed out to the Speedway this weekend, take a look at the north turn. How has it changed from this late 1930s view of the track?

If you are interested in more Indianapolis 500 history, check out Indianapolis 500 Seen From the Pits in 1951.

One response to “Penny Post: The First Lap into the North Turn”

  1. David Brewer says:

    I looked up 4121 Scotten on Google Street View. Looks like that house (and many other houses) have disappeared from the neighborhood since 1940. Kind of sad.

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