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Tinker Ted's Taxi Service"Ted Marrotte (1894-1965) introduced Willimantic's first taxi, or jitney service in February 1915. Ted trained as a plumber, and gained a reputation of being somewhat of a mechanical genius, thus his name, "Tinker Ted." Ted is pictured here with that first taxi on Valley Street, Willimantic."
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Main Street, 1965A bustling Main Street on a busy shopping day in 1965, looking east, before redevelopment and the advent of malls.
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Main St. - app. 1965A clue to the date of this Main Street night scene appears on the marquee of the Capitol Cinema, where a double bill is playing, the "Music Man" and "Gypsy." Both films were released in 1962. However, the concrete decorative blocks were placed over the Gem Cinema and the YMCA in 1964, and some of the cars are later models than 1962, so let's say the date is circa 1965. The Savings Institute clock reveals the temperature as 38F and the time as 7:15 pm.
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North St.Pic of the Week 03-08-12
Paul Ashton identified this picture. he says, "I remember the coffee shop being Irene's (great fried chicken) and the garage door was the entrance to, I believe, Doc Lacey's car wash. " We also heard from Cheryl Zudin who said, "The Picture of "Joe's Laundrette" on North Street, was my father's business, Joseph Udin from Lebanon, CT. He ran this business from around 1955 until the coin-op laundry put him out of the business around 1965. My father work 7 days a week doing people's laundry. He would wash, dry, fold and package each person's laundry like it was his own. He took pride in his business. My mother, Sonny and sister, Michelle who was 3 years old, when it first opened, used to be there working most days along side my dad."
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