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soapy joe’s car wash

from prof, rhymesayers posted in music by pete_nice

Leave it to Prof to discover the elusive alchemy of hip-hop: cars, boats, bikinis and booty/boobs mix well.

The video for Prof's "Farout" was partially shot at Soapy Joe's Car Wash.

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charles schulz boyhood home

from charles schulz, peanuts posted in comic books by corporate_sunshine

Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist and creator of the popular Peanuts strip, grew up in this home.

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twin cities assembly plant

from ford motor co, ford ranger posted in technology by pete_nice

The Twin Cities Assembly Plant, aka the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, aka the Ford Plant, existed on this site from 1925 to 2011, making it the oldest Ford plant in operation when it closed on December 16, 2011.

The Ford Co. was drawn to the location early on by the promise of cheap hydroelectric power from the Mississippi River. From the mid 1920s to the 1950s, the company made glass from silica mined from sandstone on site.

Ford manufactured the following vehicles at the location: Ford Model T, Model TT truck, Sportsman convertible, Galaxie, LTD, Mazda B-Series, and many, many Ford Ranger pickups.

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frank murphy’s store (former)

from gordon parks posted in art and design by donkeyoti

The American photographer, musician, writer and film director, Gordon Parks, got his photographic career started when he walked into Frank Murphy's department store and asked if they needed a photographer.

Although Frank Murphy turned him down, Mrs. Murphy overheard the conversation and decided to give Gordon Parks a chance. After a stilted start (he accidentally shot all the photos with double exposure), his photographs were a success and featured throughout the store.

His career began shortly after, and Parks later became a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, Life magazine and several other publications. In 1971, he directed the film Shaft.

Today, the location is a restaurant called Pazzaluna.

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