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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 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.


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


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!


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


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.


Thank you lydie, english101, ashantiataruka and 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.


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!


three coke signs???


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


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


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


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


Thanks, Naner. I do too. :)


Love these old photos!!!