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Crack Grocery: 1920

Crack Grocery: 1920

Ballston, Virginia, circa 1921. "Oldsmobile truck, Thomas J. Crack." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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The ancient truck used in "The Beverly Hillbillies" was a 1921 Olds.

ROsslyn 54

Ah, for the days when you could express a phone number in such an eloquent and easily remembered fashion.

His brother

was a plumber.


All these jokes and no one mentions that Crack Meats is in Ballston? You people should be ashamed of yourselves.


The "Crackmobile" could do with a clean!

Crack house

There it is. The Crack house. I'm sure that is one crack driver as well. Both Crack heads seem to resemble each other. Must be father and son. The roofer must be on crack. Sorry. Something about this cracks me up.

For once

For once, it would be nice for all to refrain from any wise-cracks.

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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