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Main Street: 1938

Main Street: 1938

Summer 1938. Saturday afternoon shopping in London, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.


It just dawned on me

We live on this street. Right now, just a couple miles from this spot.

OH 38

Note the special design that Ohio issued for just that one year, 1938; in the center is an ox pulling a covered wagon; the two-line logo at left reads "150 ANNIV./ N.W. TERR."; and of course at right, in larger letters (one line) "OHIO 38." Plates were painted black on white and are highly sought after by plate collectors now. The white paint did not hold up well and became easily discolored or rusty.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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