Updated – The Down Town Garage operated in a time when parking garages offered full service for the customer. Early facilities of this type were used by city dwellers and visitors as a safe and convenient place to leave a car. When the car was dropped off, the owner could specify the basic services required before it would be picked up.
Many garages of this type also had arrangements with repair shops and could get anything done that the customer needed to have fixed or serviced. For regular customers, the billing was monthly, and it was an easy way for a busy car owner to deal with all of the car care needed.
Update – Thanks go out to Peter Christianson, who has tracked down the name of the owner and the location. Rae W. Carpenter was the proprietor of the garage in 1922, and it was located on Ionia Ave NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Who can ID the truck chassis?
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