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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Cracker Barrel: 1936

Cracker Barrel: 1936

January 1936. "Store with false front. Vicinity of Selma, Alabama." 8x10 nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Lucky Strike Green Has Gone To War

The signs on the walls were predominately for tobacco products. Lucky Strike cigarettes, then in a green package which became white at the beginning of WW2 because the copper used in making the ink was needed for the war effort. The pipe tobacco brands "George Washington" and the famous canned "Prince Albert" were both products of the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. The brand "Stud" was a tobacco product, used if you rolled your own or, I guess, chewed.

Prince Albert in a can

You better let him out before he smothers. Right tterrace?

Prince Albert

Well, there's one question nobody will have to ask.

Got Nails?

I don't think they used enough nails to attach the batons.

["Battens." - Dave]

 
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