MYSTERY: Two boats

For some, this week’s Mystery Photo might be just too hard.  For that, we apologize.  Others, however, might have driven by it.  Hmmm … Send your best guess to: — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.

Last week’s Mystery Photo was a humdinger.  We figured correctly that some people would guess it was a corner store in Charleston, one of many that flourished in days gone by.  (Some of them are coming back.)

But we were absolutely flabbergasted when we got this reply from Harvey Shackelford of Newberry:

“That building is located on the corner of Carolina and Perry streets in Charleston, S.C. My father had a small neighborhood grocery store in that location in 1936, and we lived in the house adjacent to the store. I attended the second grade at Mitchell Elementary School, and our family went to what was then the Rutledge Avenue Baptist Church. Both were within a block of our home. My father’s business was unsuccessful in the Great Depression and we moved elsewhere the next year.”

Veteran photo sleuth George Graf of Palmyra, Va., also correctly identified the photo, but noted, “This was the most difficult of your Statehouse mystery photos thus far, at least for me.  I just happened to luck upon this place after a number of hours of searching, first eliminating most of South Carolina towns then narrowing the architecture down to the Charleston area, then the tedious process of searching streets and map views, then going street by street with Google street and satellite views.  Whew !!”


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