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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Plains Grain: 1943

Plains Grain: 1943

March 1943. "Farwell, Texas, at the New Mexico state line. Going through town on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Amarillo, Texas, and Clovis, New Mexico." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Coming round the bend

The plume of smoke in the distance is surely from another train coming this way.

Not to quibble, but

Perhaps this photo was mislabeled by Mr. Delano when it was archived. When zooming into the Google map at link provided, it appears that the point at which this photo was taken the train may already have crossed the state line into New Mexico, in spite of the road sign that necessarily had to be placed beyond the tracks. In any case, you're seeing into the tiny burg of Texico, New Mexico far more than you are seeing any of Farwell, Texas from this angle. Kudos to Ice gang for locating this obscure crossing!

Trailer

"Trailer looks home-made!" Yes indeed -- in fact, it is based on a car frame with the body removed, you can see the differential in the rear axle. The load is --- coal maybe??

Here We Go Again

No, I'm not singing. I'm grousing once again about the fact that, in my opinion, most of these changes we see when comparing the current site with the ones portrayed in these great photos don't measure up. Ice gang was right on the money, and EVERYTHING in this photo is gone. Even the trees are gone and having visited this part of the country, they could sorely spare them. Bah.

Pretty sure- -

I found Plains Grain buildings foundations: 34 23' 19.67"N 103 02' 37.28"W

Am I right?


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See the USA

. . . in your Chevrolet. That's a 1940 model in the photo. Trailer looks home-made!

Plains, Grain and Automobile

Neat capture of a moment in time. It does look like one of Bogdanovich's movies. Paper Moon is one of my faves. If you get a chance, read the book (Addie Pray). Very different from the movie and based in Alabama. He decided to shoot in Kansas for the landscape and what a great decision it was!

Or Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon

I would love to have been Peter Bogdanovich's location scout.

"The Last Picture Show"

All that's missing is a svelte Sybil Shepard, Jeff Bridges and Sam the Lion.

 
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