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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Sallisaw: 1936

Sallisaw: 1936

August 1936. Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Sequoyah County drought farmers. "Nothing to do," said one of them. "These fellers are goin' to stay right here till they dry up and die." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Elko

Notice the stack of Kodak boxes behind the store window? Also the two ELKO signs, one with just the name, the other with writing I can't read; does anyone know what the second says or what it's advertising?

[Click on "View full size." They're advertising snapshot developing & printing. - Dave]

Pretty Boy Floyd

Sallisaw and the Cookson Hills were home to Charles Arthur Floyd, a.k.a. "Pretty Boy" Floyd. He was called "Choc" by his buddies because of his taste for bootleg Choctaw beer.

A great article on him by Joseph Geringer, who describes him as "one of the most colorful, nervy bank robbers in the history of Depression-era America."

"Choc" had been dead and buried almost two years by the time this photo was taken.

 
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