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Road Trip: 1936

Road Trip: 1936

July 1936. Miles City, Montana. "Drought refugees from Glendive, Montana, en route to Washington state." Yet another carload of Dust Bowl migrants. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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She will be missed

Poor Aunt Edna.

Great job

Spot on colors,very natural.

[See it here]

My first recolor

I would love to hear your feedback

[You can submit it for publication in our Colorized Photos gallery by clicking the link near the top of the left column. - tterrace]

Re What's on the roof?

Make that three.

[My guess: a bunch of their stuff, covered up with bedspreads to keep the dust out. - tterrace]
Stuff or stiffs, they'll be moving on. Using bedspreads to cover anything, of course, means somewhere there are dusty beds.

Port of Entry

The highways in Montana had Port of Entry stations? Was that some kind of border crossing station?

[As the sign indicates, they were primarily designed to serve tourists. See this article. - tterrace]


Take a look at what you can see of the rear spring - pretty flat. Could be due to the load or the wear and tear on the old Dodge.

What's on the roof?

From the shape, it looks like a dead body.

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