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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.

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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.


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.


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?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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