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New Deal: 1936

New Deal: 1936

March 1936. Vicksburg, Mississippi. "Vicksburg Negroes and shop front." A close-up of the New Deal barbershop seen in the previous post. Nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


Cassius Clay

Cassius Clay was from Louisville, as was his namesake. Cassius Marcellus Clay was a cousin of Henry Clay, an ardent pro Union man, and an abolitionist.
He dispatched more than one adversary with his trusty Bowie knife. I think he would be very proud of the man who later bore his name, even if he did later change it to Muhammad Ali.

Striking Figure!

Man on right resembles Muhammad Ali when in his prime!

[Maybe the Clay in Clay & Rembert was related to Cassius. - Dave]

A line in the sand, I mean the siding

As long as you don't cross this line we will be fine...

Top Siding

Used to be a big sign that said "Post No Bills"!

Vicksburg Negroes

would be a great name for a punk band

Hey, Brother, Can You Spare a Doorknob?

They just have to depend on a latch to lock up. This is a picture of poverty.

Billboard & Banner Ads

The nails are probably from hanging billboard and banner ads.

No shave, but a haircut...

Two bits!

Bang bang bang bang

There must be thousands of nails in the top section of siding. I wonder why.

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