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


We had a nice trip but got a lot of rain

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.