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Fountain Service: 1940

Fountain Service: 1940

November 1940. Taftville, Connecticut. An uncaptioned shot by Jack Delano taken from the grounds of the Penomah Mills factory. Note the Coke sign. Archie and Betty no doubt somewhere nearby. 35mm nitrate negative. View full size.

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It wasn't until these recent Jack Delano photos that I realized he used a 35mm machine at times. I have always been so blown away by his spectacular 4x5s I guess I just didn't notice this fact. Makes me wonder what camera he used? Somehow I get the feeling it was a Contex with Carl Zeiss lenses.


Delano got the company's name wrong: it should be Ponemah. Most monumental mills in Connecticut.


Not a word about Miss Veronica! Poor baby.

Also still there

From Google Streetview:

Sadly, those swell cars are long gone.

[As are the stately elms. - Dave]

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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