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Butte Parade: 1939

Butte Parade: 1939

Summer 1939. Butte, Montana. "High school band parading up Montana street." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

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Yellow filter

on the camera. You don't get clouds looking like that without one. Hard to remember that in the "good old days" of B&W you needed filters for sundry effects.

Butte Parade

This photograph was taken on Main Street in Butte--not Montana Street. The Rialto, Chequamegon Cafe, Ley's Jewelers and the M&M were located on Main Street. The M&M has recently reopened in its original location, still Main Street in Butte, Montana.

Butte Clock

Looks like about 3:40 to me.

[It says 8:18. - Dave]


Actually, it looks like a drum and bugle corps.

All girls!

I'm surprised nobody has picked up on the fact that this an ALL GIRL MARCHING BAND!

[You can see the boys in back. - Dave]

What time is it?

The clock above Ley's Jeweler says it's 8:18. Whether it's AM or PM, it's an odd time for a parade.

[The shadows say it's time to fix the clock. - Dave]


Here's a photo of the Rialto Theater, visible in the background:

Chequamegon Cafe

1901 menu from the Chequamegon Cafe in Butte.

The chew and be gone again cafe

A quick Google reveals:

"From its earliest days as a gold camp to its heyday as a cosmopolitan city to the present, Butte has enjoyed a far-reaching reputation as a place where a fine meal can be found. The Chequamegon Café on North Main was renowned for serving great food and earned the local nickname of the “Chew and Be Gone Again.” The Creamery Café advertised “Booths for Ladies” which was a discreet way of telling women that they could eat there without having their reputation impugned.

"The Success Café was popular for its soups and it’s tiny size which allowed for only four customers at a time. In a heavily Democratic town, the joke was that here was the Republicans held their banquets, they advertised over their door that 'If You Don’t Eat Here I Will Vote for Hoover.'"

You, too, can get…

…your own Chequamegon Cafe medallion on eBay.

Butte Puzzler

I give up. What does the sign at the far right say? Looks like CHEQUAMEGON?

[You are correct! - Dave]

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