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Corner Story: 1939

Corner Story: 1939

October 1939. "Saturday afternoon in Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

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Wrong Clarksdale building?

I think it's a different building; the decorative brickwork is different, and the building on M.L.King only has one story. (I suppose the brick pattern could have been redone after the second floor was lopped off, but that's a lot of work for a shrinking building.) I also see at least two other structures in town with the same corner shape, so it's a common type: one is at 3rd/Issaqueena and another at 3rd/Yazoo, though neither faces the right way if this photo was really taken in afternoon. So I'm guessing this building is probably gone.

Still there

This building is still there. Corner of Issaquena and Martin Luther King Blvd., Clarksdale.

Re: I Guess They Showed Up Early

@jdowling23, before they start their Saturday night, they all go down to the crossroads to pay tribute to Robert Johnson.

I Guess They Showed Up Early

Put on your shoes, go downtown. Do nothing but walk around. On a Sunday or a Monday you can't do it right, Ain't ya glad we got Saturday night? -- New Christy Minstrels

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