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Pit Rental: 1939

Pit Rental: 1939

May 1939. Garage on Route 99 in Fresno County, California. View full size. Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange, Farm Security Administration.

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The hanging "GARAGE" sign has some primitive lighting. The incandescent light bulbs positioned to shine on either side of the sign probably lit the sign to some degree. The fascial sign against the building appears to be home-made, but it delivers the message. Most businesses were struggling at the time and this probably was no exception. He did, however, provide a service that allowed the down and out car owner a cheaper way to repair his vehicle, especially if he had a friend with mechanical skills.

Repair pits

In 1926 our family moved into a 6 bedroom home in Detroit, Mi. In the two door garage one side had a pit to work under a car. The home is now a funeral home. It is at Greenfield and Keeler.

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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