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Greene County: 1941

Greene County: 1941

May 1941. Going to town on a Saturday afternoon in Greene County, Georgia. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

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I saw scenes like this in the late 40s, after the war, in North and South Carolina.

No seat belts; no air bags; no back rest, although the two ladies do appear to be sitting on a coat for a bit of cushioning.

See the piece of wood sticking out just above the rear axle? It's a place to hang a lantern at night.

Going to Town

This is one of 70 photographs in the "Bound for Glory" exhibit now showing at The Grace Museum in Abilene TX. The exhibit depicts color photographs taken during the years 1940-44 during a government-sponsored project to document in pictures Americsn urban life in the post-Depression era. It was a fantastic exhibit! Will be available here through mid-January.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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