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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Small-Mart: 1938

Small-Mart: 1938

May 1938. "Store, La Forge, Missouri." Your source for Benz Baby Bowel Corrective. 35mm negative by the peripatetic Russell Lee. View full size.

 
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Home to a sharecropper housing project

Some of this store's customers might have come from Southeast Missouri Farms, a Farm Security Administration project that provided housing and land for 100 sharecropper families. The houses looked like this when they were built in 1937.

At one time there were apparently photographs from 2005-2006 of what remains of this project in La Forge, but Southern Illinois University doesn't know how to website. (Blocking even archive.org is a nice touch, guys.)

Talk about perception

Because of what I see every day now, it took me a few seconds to dismiss the idea that the boy in the overalls was checking his text messages.

The gas pump rules

Today that glass top gas pump would be worth all the goodies in the store (probably including the building as well).

Sheesh!

For a moment my initial thought about what the man was doing was that he was checking for text messages!!!

 
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