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Country Store - 1939

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Look at this country store in Gordonton, North Carolina, on a Sunday afternoon in July, 1939. How many Coke signs...do you see? Do you see the chicken, Chickie? Is that gas 22 cents a gallon?! Lots of cigarette signs! That's a kerosene pump on the right.

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This is a well-known WPA photo. Isnt it one of Dorothea Lange's? It should be credited.

Nanax4

Thanks, patsquire! The chicken is left of the picture at the bottom. Not sure if it's a chicken or a rooster! :)

patsquire

That 22 means something other than the price of gas. When I was just starting to drive in 1962 gas was only 24.9 cents a gallon. So twenty three years earlier it couldn't have been anywhere near 22 cents a gallon. Nice puzzle four-grandkids. And no, I didn't see any chicken!

Nanax4

elevanfan, where in Alabama did you live? I grew up in Birmingham. We had a small neighborhood store a block from our house.

elevenfan

As a small boy in rural Alabama in the late 40's, these were the small stores that we bought what we couldn't grow. Of course there was always the truck that would travel the dirt roads selling flour, sugar, coffee and other things to the farm families.

Nanax4

Thank you lydie, english101, ashantiataruka and waxwing.

waxwing

Great photo! A real slice of life from a bygone era. I really enjoyed doing this puzzle!

Thanks for this beautiful photo. I love how it captures a slice of ordinary life.

english101

I love the clarity of this photo. I don't have many that old B&Ws that are this clean and crisp. I had fun putting it together - thanks!

lydie54

three coke signs???

Nanax4

Thank you pilley, gnt and Maryrob. Glad you enjoyed it.

Maryrob

What a beautiful picture,both the store and the friends enjoying each others company.Thanks Nana.

gnt1041

Love that pic Nana I see Chesterfields-Coka Cola-Old Gold-Texico-Camels-Scotch.....brings back a lot of memories Nana LOL

pilley

Great old photo, 22 cents a gallon seems like a lot for 1939.

Nanax4

Thanks, Naner. I do too. :)

naner46

Love these old photos!!!