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Co-op: 1941

Co-op: 1941

1941. Grain elevators in Caldwell, Idaho. Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.


Of course!

Thanks, George! The silver ones DO look new and shiny, now that you mention it...


They probably haven't finished painting yet!!

One of these things is not like the other... of these things just doesn't belong. (I always think of that Sesame Street song when one odd duck stands out in any situation.)

But seriously, is there a reason one grain elevator would be painted red, standing among six silver ones? Is this the one where they stored wheat instead of corn or something? Curious.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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