Black and white photograph of men and women and a few children at a banquet. Men are in suits, women are in fancy dresses. Above the head banquet table is a sign that reads: "Welcome INDEPENDENT GARAGE OWNERS of America I.G.O.A. Convention" On the front of the table is a Confederate flag.
The three gelatin silver prints in this collection represent the Mountain States Automotive Electric Association (AEA) meeting in 1946 and 1947, as well as the Independent Garage Owners of America (IGOA) convention circa 1940s, location unnamed. The photographs belonged to Jerald G. Payne, a relative of the donor, who owned an automobile service and parts business in Pueblo, Colorado in the 1940s, Merrill Axle & Wheel Service. The business lasted until at least the 1960s according to directory records. These photos represent Jerald’s work in Colorado’s automotive repair industry; though unidentified, the print shows many individuals involved in this industry from throughout the state in the late 1940s.