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Peoples Liquor: 1938

Peoples Liquor: 1938

November 1938. Liquor store in Omaha, Nebraska. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.


Every time a bell rings

What a raw scene; it's a cold, dreary day in the latter part of the (first?) Depression. Is this Pottersville from "It's a Wonderful Life"?
Ernie, is that you?

10 Cents for 24 ounces?

WOW ... I'll be right over!

Dixie Dew

$1.29 for Dixie Dew? Soft drink or...?

[Dixie Dew was a "popular price" whiskey. 90 proof, aged six months. - Dave]

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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