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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Skeet's Cafe: 1942

Skeet's Cafe: 1942

August 1942. "Dillon, Montana. Street corner. Dillon is the trading center for a prosperous cattle and sheep country." The cafe seen earlier here. Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Red light

In the days before radios in police cars or officers on patrol carrying radios some police headquarters would turn on a light on the street and the officer would either contact or report to headquarters.

What is it?

What is the extra red light fixture on the same pole as the corner street lamp for?

Late '30s Harley-Davidson VL

The bike is likely a Harley VL, and it looks to be a later model (1935 or 1936) from the shape of the sheet metal.

Street view?

I was curious to see if I could find this building on Google Street View, but...

[See the link to the other photo in the caption; the comments to it include a Google street view. - tterrace]

Same motorcycle in both pics?

I see that there is a motorcycle parked in almost the same spot in both pics. I wonder if the owner worked in the building, or just ate lunch there a lot.

[The two photos were taken the same day a relatively short time apart from one another. Lee had one camera loaded with black-and-white 120 roll film and another large-format camera capable of taking Kodachrome sheet film. - tterrace]

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