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Selma, Alabama: 1935

Selma, Alabama: 1935

December 1935. "Sidewalk scene in Selma, Alabama." 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Even though the Washington Street Supermarket is a character filled store, that is not where the Walker Evens location is. He took this photo one block North and of the opposite side of the street. The stores have been torn down and it is now a parking lot.
I found an ariel photo of Selma, that was taken around the same time at The Old Depot Museum. Here's a detail, showing the stores.

Washington Street

I was wondering what store this was. Ironically, I kinda knew it was probably Washington Street Grocery. It looks a little different now, 74 years later, but men still to this day sit outside.

Selma Supermarket

This is now the Washington Street supermarket. Not that much different today. No kidding!


I want some of that GROC.


Wow this is sssssssssoooooooooooo cool. I could use this photo for my project. My mom is from alabama so this is how it used to be back in the day. It used to look so different. Well that's all I have to say

silas green

i got curious about those torn posters on the wall so i googled it. "silas green from new orleans" was a minstrel show that toured from 1905 to 1957.
you can get prints of one of their posters here.

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