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

Store Greeter: 1938

Store Greeter: 1938

April 1938. "Boy on porch of general store. Roseland, Virginia." Medium-format negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Roseland washed away ~30 years later...

I doubt this building survived the 27 inches of rain and mudslides that Hurricane Camille brought there in August of 1969.

Anomaly

It must be a chilly Spring, for this lad is wearing shoes!

Things To Come

Let him enjoy that smoke, in a few years he will be in a shooting war.

Good night, John-Boy

It could easily be Ike Godsey's general store on "The Waltons" with the prewar era of the photo and the location just down the road from Charlottesville.

Antiques

is the sign that will lure today's travelers. Everything here qualifies.

When tobacco and soda ruled

In almost all of these mid-20th century shots, the lure to get people to stop seems to have been cigs and cold drinks, both of which are slowly being banned from today's society. How does sugarless gum and water sound?

 
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