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Keerless Love: 1935

Keerless Love: 1935

October 1935. Scotts Run, West Virginia. Doped singer: "Love, oh love, oh keerless love." Relief investigator reported a number of dope cases at Scotts Run. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative and caption by Ben Shahn for the FSA.


The Weed?

Or Morphine?

[I looked up a dozen 1935 articles containing the phrase "dope arrest" on All but one were about people selling narcotics -- morphine or heroin. The exception was about someone dealing cocaine. - Dave]

Doped singer

Some things never change, huh?


Can someone please explain what is a "doped singer", i'm not familiar with that phrase.

[Doped means on drugs (back then, probably morphine). - Dave]

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