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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

Bus Center: 1942

Bus Center: 1942

January 1942. "Fort Worth, Texas. View of Main Street." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Lane Turtles, again

First time I ever saw "lane turtles" was at the main entrance to Camp Wolters, Texas, a National Guard army camp outside of Mineral Wells [west of Fort Worth]. I didn't know until now what they were called.

Tarrant County Courthouse

That is a great view down Main Street, especially with the Tarrant County Courthouse at the end! As a Fort Worth home-grown boy, I appreciate this picture very much.

Bowen Buses

The "B" in the facade of the bus terminal stood for Bowen Motor Coach lines, a big intercity bus operator in Texas at that time. I believe it eventually became part of the Trailways bus system.

Turtles and Fort Worth

Lane turtles being almost if not completely nonexistent now, I thought I had better record the set of five in use at the corner of First Street and Fort Worth in Broken Arrow, Okla. These were taken taken quickly on Oct. 15, 2017, with my phone, thinking I would swing by soon and use a Canon loaded with Tri-X to do it right. Three days later they were pulled up for the resurfacing project and replaced with a triangular concrete island to do the job they had done for decades. Progress.

[Thanks for cluing me in on that bit of road appurtenance jargon; I grew up with a couple in my home town of Larkspur, California. -tterrace]

Spudder mutter

Spudder - a light duty drilling rig used primarily to start a new well. The Fort Worth Well Machinery and Supply Company of Texas seems to have specialized in Spudders.

 
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