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B.Y.O.P. – 1939

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July 1939. "Sign tacked to pole near the post office. Main street, Pittsboro, North Carolina." This photo by Dorothea Lange, which has attracted no small amount of bemused commentary over the years, requires two avenues of explanation. The first is that Lange was a connoisseur of quirky signage, snapping away at whatever outré malapropism, mangled spelling or jarring juxtaposition might present itself by the side of the road. The second is that "piccolo" was Depression-era slang for jukebox or phonograph; a piccolo party's dancing was to records rather than a live band. Hence the PICKLE-LOW PARTY that will go on forever, thanks to the combined efforts of G.W. Leach, A.A. Hopkins and D. Lange.

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