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Dakota Drug: 1937

Dakota Drug: 1937

October 1937. "Drug store. Stanley, North Dakota." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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@ Pikkewyn
They still use iodine to clean skin before taking blood for drug/alcohol tests, because a trace from the usual rubbing alcohol wipe can affect the test results.

RE: A dipole

There must be a butcher shop out back, which would explain the "ham" radio setup.

A dipole

It looks like a dipole antenna, above the store, and the single visible end support even has insulators in its guy wires. I'm guessing the store to be about twenty feet wide, so the dipole's full length would be about forty feet. That would make it resonant around 12 megaHertz, but I'll bet the feedline is balanced (using two wires), making the whole feedline-antenna system tunable.

There's a ham radio operator in that drugstore!

Could this be

Tincture iodine sale!

When was the last time you heard of someone using that stuff?

Am I misreading the evidence?

I'm not absolutely certain, but there might be a 1¢ sale going on.

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