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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Crack Grocery: 1920

Crack Grocery: 1920

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

 

Come 'n' listen to a story bout a man named Jed

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.

Really?

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

Filthy

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.

 
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