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Fast Food: 1938

Fast Food: 1938

September 1938. "Making a purchase at traveling grocery store. Forrest City, Arkansas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

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Lum & Abner

The famous, long-running, and well-beloved "Lum & Abner" radio program (also set in Arkansas) featured a storyline in 1938 (same as this photo) in which the old-timers lost their "Jot-Em Down" general store and re-opened for business with an oversized monstrosity mounted aboard a touring car chassis.

From the photo it is obvious that such stores actually did exist in Arkansas at the same time. I can't help but wonder if this store, or one like it, may have provided inspiration for the storyline.


From the full-sized version of the picture I was able to make out the text:

These Premises Protected
National Anti-Crime Association, Topeka Kansas


What does NACA stand for?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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