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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Or Else: 1938

Or Else: 1938

October 1938. "Sign at Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana." Alternate title: "The Ballad of Competing (and Possibly Complementary) Imperatives." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Minimum Daily Noise Requirement

Imagine the racket if you poured Coke over a bowlful of Rice Krispies.

White rice & Coke ???

I can only hope they locked the bell towers and kept an eye on the hypoglycemics.

Three verbs

Several "calls to action" here, eat and drink being my favorites!

I see a lawsuit coming!

I can hear Chick-fil-A's lawyers salivating over this.

Eat rice, drink Coke

I don't think the potential for humor escaped Russell Lee.

 
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