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Mom-and-Pop: 1939

Mom-and-Pop: 1939

September 1939. "Popcorn stand. Grundy Center, Iowa." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Ordinary kids

with suits and ties. Haven't seen that in along time.

Roasted Peanuts

Those two boys are well dressed for the time. Also, is that a peanut roaster next to the man? It doesn't look like popcorn and I can remember something like that which was used for roasting peanuts.

It's Dagwood!

Really a startling resemblance.

[Delighted that he's in Grundy. - Dave]

Those baby chicks will grow

if they don't plant them to deep. When I started in the Post office farmers used to get chicks and peeps delivered in the mail. We used to tell the farmers that when they came in to get the peeps. Mostly got dirty looks. Peeps were glad to go the farm. They were thirsty.

"With the brown stains on the bag"

Indicating freshness. (Lifted from Garrison Keillor)

SHORPY OLD 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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