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Good Coffee: 1937

Good Coffee: 1937

May 1937. "Post office. Finlay, Texas." Magazine, caffeine, nicotine -- all your basic ines. As well as potted cacti. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

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Re: Soft drink dispenser

My grandfather's store also had a cooler for soft drinks - no lanes. But I do distinctly remember its unique odor. Not a bad odor just a little "mechanical"? And, of course, there was always a towel by the cooler for wiping off the bottles. Birch Beer.

Soft drink dispenser

Dad's store had a drink cooler where the bottles sat in chilled water. No lanes and gates, just reach in and grab. But the water was definitely changed on a regular basis, in his store. As a 5-6 y.o. I did this chore many times. Hook up a drain hose and let the water out while removing all the "pop", wipe down the inside, replace all the pop (it held several cases), and refill with water. When I'm done I get a Chocolate Soldier for my efforts.

Buildings on risers

Why are some of these buildings built above ground on such questionable foundations?

Love that foundation

I wonder how many tornadoes passed through before that building was deposited elsewhere? My brother lived in a dwelling supported by cut off tree stumps and piles of bricks. Lockhart, TX, 1990s.

More of Finlay

Ghost Town

Seventeen miles northwest of Sierra Blanca

There's not a whole lot left of Sierra Blanca today, even though it has two exits off I-10. Not surprising that Finlay was abandoned only a few years after this photo.

I think the cactus pot with legs must have been a kerosene parlor stove in a former life. I see they rejected the knob-and-tube wiring method in favor of "twig-and-no-tube". I'm actually surprised this place had electricity at all.

I imagine there are a few shards of glass and chunks of rusted metal to mark the site. Archeology of this place would be interesting, having this one photo to stir the imagination.

Nothing Left

Checking the aerial photos, I see that nothing remains today. There is a clearing with a driveway leading to it. I wonder if this is where the building in Lange's photo was?

As it should be

I always hate it when fine dining venues take pride in serving _bad_ coffee.

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