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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Mom-and-Pop: 1939

Mom-and-Pop: 1939

July 1939. Granville County, North Carolina. "Country filling station owned and operated by tobacco farmer. Such small independent stations have become meeting places and loafing spots for neighborhood farmers in their off times." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Back In The Day Story

Circa 1950 during the hot days of August where the only air conditioned places were bars and movie houses Bob and I used to go scouting under the kitchen sink, the neighborhood, back lots and wooded tracts for any thrown away soda bottles.

If we could come up with 12 bottles @.02 cents a bottle refund that was the price of admission for us and any more bottles we found would be good for penny candy at the little confectionery store where we would cash in the bottles.

Kids today would have to lug a couple of trash bags and fight the adult pickers to get enough bottles and cans to get into today's movie houses even at matinee prices.

Robert Benchley: Everyman, Pacifist, Wit

Melody and Madness did not last very long as a radio program. Mr. Benchley had many other successful projects and influenced many modern humorists. His short film "How to Sleep" was nominated for an Academy award.

Empties tell the tale

Royal Crown Cola may have a sign as big, but the Coke empties show which soft drink was king.

Where Did They Go?

The RC Cola and 7-Up bottle signs along with the rectangular sodee pop signs may have ended up in an old barn only to show up on an American Pickers episode.

Is that a Moon Pie?

A bad one, stuck to the window as a warning to customers?

Any Second Now

I expect to hear the squeaky spring on that screen door and see Gomer Pyle walk out.

But Wait! There's More!

Those steps would not meet any building code enacted since the invention of writing.

Name Your Poison

Sugar? Nicotine? Lead?

 
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