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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Coca-Cola Tree: 1925

The Coca-Cola Tree: 1925

Circa 1925. "Ford Motor Co. -- Lincoln car in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Eye Pollution

Those dang Coca-Cola billboards are ruining the scenery!

Premature

Something is awry in the chronology. Although it was authorized in the 1920s, Shenandoah wasn't established as a National Park until 1936.

[Too bad they didn't have the Internet back in 1925. - Dave]

Fizz

Beautifully composed photo of a bucolic setting, with a sprinkling of effervescence!

If it wasn't for the car

If it wasn't for the car, I would think that that is a photo of East Kentucky in the 1970 or even 1980s. Travelling through Appalachia at that time, it would be very easy to find a dirt road such as this one. Kinda of makes me homesick.

Blasted Heath

Scene from an H. P. Lovecraft story!

 
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