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The Friendly Store: 1939

The Friendly Store: 1939

June 1939. "Child coming out of grocery store in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma." 35mm negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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I'd walk a mile

I had no idea the Camel slogan was that old. Didn't they have TV commercials in the '60s, and later print ads of a guy with a hole in his shoe from walking a mile for a Camel? BTW those would have been some crappy shoes, I put at least two miles a day on my dress shoes walking through the building at work.

[The Camel slogan was well-known enough by 1932 to be referenced in a gag in the speakeasy-password routine in the Marx Brothers film "Horse Feathers." -tterrace]

This may be the building today

I think this could be the same building today; see this Google Streetview link:,+ok&hl=en&ll=35.511583,-95.1...

Although changes would have been made, note the mismatched materials in the brick above the awning, indicating the cutout of an earlier, larger recessed opening. It's dark and blurry, but if you zoom into the streetview image, you can also see that at ground level, the entrance is a very similar shape, with a recessed portion, and an angled protrusion to the right of where the door once was (where it says Friendly Store in the original pic), and where there now is a door. The front has obviously been bricked in, where once there were larger windows.

Most similarly, though, is the portion of stone or concrete below the brick to the left of the recessed portion in the original pic. You can see a very similar section of material in the streetview image. And the building in the streetview image is marked "1911" at the top, meaning it certainly would have been around at the time this picture was taken.

Also, if you look in the reflection in the storefront in the original pic, you will see the awning seems to end right there, indicating this is a corner store. In the Google Streetview image, you can see the similar entrance in question is right next to a mismatched addition that was likely added on later, meaning it, too, would have been the corner property at one point. I'm going to be passing right by Webbers Falls next month; I may stop in to investigate further!

Baking Powder

I, too, was going to make a comment about them having Prince Albert in a can (you beat me to it, dempster), but now that merick pointed the Baking Powder box out I have to tell you that I have a box just like that!! I got it many years ago in an antique store, and I use it to hold firewood next to my fireplace.

Delaware Punch!

As in:

Ice cream soda, Delaware punch,
tell me the name of your honeybunch

... a jingle I learned from my parents, who are half a generation younger than this girl, and both from Texas. (At least I think it was a jingle, I don't remember a tune.) I had no idea Delaware Punch was an actual product.

Memories of the sounds

I can hear the door hinges squeak and the spring that closed screen door creak. The spring probably closed the door with a bit of slam too.

Left arm

Does this little girl's dress have a left sleeve made out of some other material, or is her arm behind her and that's someone sitting behind her? Or is it just a trick of light?

[Carrying something under her arm, perhaps? Although it appears the sleeve may be cut off at the shoulder. - tterrace]

Tagline on the wooden crate.

Tagline on the wooden crate. "Millions of pounds bought by the government"

Well then it HAS to be good!

No Taste In Taystee For Me

I remember Taystee Bread from many years ago in the NYC area. I had no idea it was a national brand but that may account for why it always tasted like spongy drywall to me.

That Frown

That frown says she is highly suspicious of the photographer. I like the bare feet though.

A Silly Rhyme

This picture brought back a memory of something we used to say while jumping rope when I was a kid:

"Margareet go wash your feet -
The Board of Health's Across the street!"

I can't find the building anywhere today.

But some interesting pics of the town can be found at the Webbers Falls Historical Society:

Sold Out

Apparently she didn't buy any of the "Friendly" that they sell.

Prince Albert in a can

Apparently they do have it.

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