Hill’s Meat Market is a locally owned butcher shop and grocery store on Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The store, which opened in 1940, is still owned by the Hill family. Everyone in Waynedale buys meat there, and like a number of other small businesses in Waynedale they have thrived despite competition from big chain stores in Fort Wayne.
This building, where the store has been located for decades, will soon be replaced with a much larger, modern building that is being constructed next to the old one.
This old Wheel Horse garden tractor that belonged to my grandpa, Charles Crawford. He gave it to my dad after buying himself a newer one when I was a teenager. Grandpa bought this new in 1967, but my dad says it was actually a 1968 model.
I photographed it on Christmas day in my parents’ backyard, sitting next to one of the red barns that my dad built when I was a kid.
This house is on High Street, east of Sherman Boulevard, on the working-class northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The homemade Santa Claus on the front porch is one of the more unusual Christmas decorations that I have seen over the years. It is made from a female mannequin’s head, a red t-shirt, a store-bought Santa hat, and a beard made of white yarn.