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Experimental Exit: 1936

Experimental Exit: 1936

July 1936. "Gas station road sign near Perry, Georgia." Photo by Dorothea Lange, connoisseur of the silly sign and benighted billboard. View full size.


Shell, Mobil, Flying A, Gilmore?

I think what was painted out was a gasoline brand name.
The sign almost makes sense if you fill in the word "Shell", for example, in the blanks.

If AC Blackwell changed the brand sold at his station, and paid for the sign, he might not want to help other Frankenstein loving motorists find the laboratory over at the Shell stations if he was now selling Flying A.

I remember

The first day of First Grade being lined up by the teacher, telling us we were going to the lavatory.

How exciting! Chemicals and such, and only in first grade!

Hey, it's only a bathroom.


The whitewashed portions are perplexing.

Now it all makes sense

When I was little, I never could quite understand why we were going to the bathroom in a laboratory.

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