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Spud Cellar: 1939

Spud Cellar: 1939

October 1939. Tavern on main street of potato town during harvest season. Merrill, Oregon. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.


Re: On Tap

The Wieland's On Tap (beer, neon) and SOFT DRINKS (painted on glass) are two different signs.

On Tap

Soft drinks? How lame. Who would want to go to a bar after a hard day's labor and drink fountain soda? I don't think so...

"I like them french fried taters"

Got any mustard and biscuits in there?
...Carl Childers (Slingblade)

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