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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Slick and Quick: 1926

Slick and Quick: 1926

Fairfax County, Virginia, circa 1926. "Freeman House Store -- Vienna, Va." A historic structure that figured in the Civil War. Our title comes from a retail detail. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

3 ply paper

There used to be a building paper that was made with a very heavy outer layer, treated with some kind of resin, the middle with a tarry substance (also something like jute fibers) and the inside paper tough but not as heavy as the outer layer. This stuff was good for several years exposed to the weather. Looks like someone has ordered rolls, and the storekeeper has kept them on the porch for easy pickup.

Shopping info needed !

This is certainly a "genteel" operation, minus the many advertising signs usually posted on the front façade. How will I know the kinds of tobacco, bread, soft drinks, or pickles which are available?

Foundation

Beefed up a bit, just in time from the looks of the second story balcony roof and floor! Time to drive a couple inches of wedge in to raise that beam a little more.

How about wrapping paper?

Maybe the rolls next to the bread box are brown kraft wrapping paper, for the store's own use, since close to 100% of everything sold there went out that way, probably expertly wrapped with a cobweb of string.

Bigger Than A Breadbox

The Corby Bread lock-box on the porch, where the bakery leaves the bread before the store opens. Not uncommon today, but they usually hold specimens collected from patients in a medical practice, to be picked up by a laboratory for processing. What I can't identify are the tubes stacked up to the left of the breadbox.

[Paper towels, or maybe toilet paper or butcher paper. I see the word PLY on the end. - Dave]

The Easy Way

Here's part of Spotless Cleanser's marketing budget, all starting with just a nickel.

Fetch my julep

That hammock on the second floor porch... speaks volumes about the pace of Southern life. I'm there.

Is that tarpaper?

Next to the Corby Bread boxes?

Here she is!

Slick and quick

Spotless Cleanser sign on the right.

 
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