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One-Horse Town: 1943

One-Horse Town: 1943

April 1943. San Augustine, Texas. "A man going to the livestock auction." Safety negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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By the way everyone is attired in the photo, it appears to be somewhat chilly, i.e. longsleeves, coats, sweaters, etc.

Except for the woman walking at the far left, she looks determined to wear her summer dress, regardless of temp.

Some things change

and some things don't. While the buildings are still intact, only J.P. Mathews Co. seems to still be in the same location.

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Slice of life 1943

I wish I'd taken this. What a great documentation of everyday life, meshing with art.

John Vachon was an amazing photographer.


Would love to know the story of the embrace in the doorway. Looks rather poignant.

Look Closely

And in the group of stores behind the cowboy, you'll see not one but two storefronts with Coca-Cola signs. I'm viewing this on an iPad and I cannot see it much larger but there may be more.

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