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Wine Dine Dance: 1940

Wine Dine Dance: 1940

March 1940. "Main street. Austin, Nevada." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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"A new pair free if they rip"

Can anyone tell me, does Levi's still offer that guarantee? If not, when was it discontinued?

Thinking of the Levi's guarantee reminds me that L.L.Bean recently discontinued its famous guarantee. LLB used to give refunds with no time limit. A dissatisfied customer could get his money back, even after using a product for years. Apparently, abuses of the generous policy have been on the rise, and the company had to discontinue its 100-year-old practice. Once again, the few spoil things for the many.


According to the InterWebs, $10.62 is what you'd pay for the chicken dinner in today's dollars, which is still a great deal for all that food.

Oil your curb..........

In the late 1800-early 1900's there was a local ordinance that citizens were required to "oil their curbs" each spring.

Half Fried

Yeah, I remember back was I was a half fried spring chicken!

New Levi's if they rip.

I used to know a farrier in Marin County who would get new Levi's all the time. Wrestling with the horses, he developed large thighs. He had to be careful whenever he would squat down to work on a hoof so his Levi's wouldn't split down the leg seams.

Monster Slide Rain Gutters

I am looking at those huge 45 degree slides on the two left buildings and thinking they must be rain gutters. I understand the climate in mostly arid Nevada. It doesn't rain often, but when it does, it can really pour.

But seriously, whoever designed and built those must have been planning for a combo car wash and amusement park attraction for ground squirrels.

The Two Horse Brand

I had never heard of jeans being described as "waist overalls," but when you think about it, it does make sense.

Tread lightly Spring Chickens

Austin cafe is looking for halves. Hope they're served with mashed potatoes and gravy.


I gained weight just reading the signs...

Half a Chicken
French Fries

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