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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Everywhere a Sign: 1939

Everywhere a Sign: 1939

October 1939. "Copper miners on strike waiting for scabs to come out of the mines. Ducktown, Tennessee." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

The White House

The white house looks better today than it did 69 years ago! It's nice to see a humble structure from a Shorpy photo that's still standing and looks well-maintained.

Ducktown Today

I've been through Ducktown a bunch of times and decided to find this corner yesterday. It took a trip to the mine museum for some help. Click to enlarge:

There is a vacant lot where the Ducktown Hotel used to stand but the house to the right is still there.

This shot was taken looking ESE at the corner of Vine Street and Main Street. Hwy 68 apparently was realigned later and is about 4 blocks South of here. I also got IDs for the gentlemen sitting on the bench (from left): Bert Hensley, Everette "Flat" Goode (age 16) and Tom Mealer. The lady at the museum said that "Flat" or "Flathead" still walks the streets of Ducktown in his overalls.

 
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