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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

The Candy Man: 1937

The Candy Man: 1937

August 1937. "Street in Manchester, New Hampshire." The Merchants of Manchester. Medium-format nitrate negative by Edwin Locke. View full size.

 

Red Arrow Launch

How many potential customers never found the place, following the arrow's direction?

What that is

are pipes for refrigerant to cool window showcase, probably for meats.

Copenhagen

I didn't know Copenhagen brand snuff went back that far. The advertisement looked all too familiar since this was my father's brand of snuff for most of his life. I grew up seeing a lot of Copenhagen.

What's in a name?

I do believe the title of this photograph would have a whole different
meaning to folks like Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Elvis.

All gone today

Assuming we're looking at the beginning, even-numbered side of Lake Avenue, nothing in this picture remains today. The Verizon Wireless Arena, built about ten years ago, occupies the site.

I got one for you

How many Candy store owners does it take to change a light bulb?

What Is That?

Can anyone shed light on what that S-shaped coil is in the window of the storefront on the left side of the picture?

Red Arrow

The Red Arrow diner is a Manchester landmark,known for it's tourtiere.Open 24 hours a day, it's seen many politicians swing through to meet voters.

Lake Ave

From the 1937 city directory, there was a Red Arrow Lunch at 37 Lake, a barber at 41 Lake, and a confectioner at 47 Lake. The block has been 'modernized'. There is still a Red Arrow Diner in town at one of the 1930 addresses where there was a Red Arrow Lunch. I'd like to know more about the 'Red Arrow Lunch System'; seems they had several places.

Gum Dispenser

I'm pretty sure that is a gum dispensing machine in front of the Red Arrow. Can anyone make out the name?

[Looks like one of these. - tterrace]

Awesome. You guys rock.

White Shoes

Nice. Clark Griswold would be jealous. Hell I'm jealous!

1931 Pontiac

A 1931 Pontiac poking its nose in - the radiator cap looks to be Pontiac, otherwise it could easily be the Pontiac's "companion," a 1931 Oakland, which would have been the last model year before GM retired the brand.

 
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