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Pie Town Fair: 1940

Pie Town Fair: 1940

September 1940. "At the fair, Pie Town, New Mexico." An old coupe with rumble seat. What kind of car is this? Kodachrome by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Yes Pie town is there

I work in Tucson and one of our MIS staff did a lot of motor homing and Pie Town is one of her favorite places to visit. She (and her husband) retired last year and made Pie Town their retirement home. And yes I placed an order (Pie Town delivers) for her favorite -- Apple-Jalapeno.

Love all the history of Pie Town.


Pie Town

It really is a town, founded about 1922, extensively documented in 1940 by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

Pie Town still exists, still has pies for sale. It's about 40 miles west of Socorro on New Mexico Route 60.

Pie Town Roadster

The left taillight is definitely a Chevrolet lamp, probably a 1930 roadster. Same goes for the wire wheels.

Car Type

Looks like a 33 Studebaker

Pie Town is real!

It still has its festival, and looks as if it hasn't changed a whole lot. I so want to visit.


The car could possibly be a Ford Model A Roadster, anywhere from 1927 to 1931.

Pie Town

Check out the book Pie Town Woman, a recent follow-up to a family featured in those photos.

Pie Town?

Yes, Pie Town is real!


These pictures from the 1940's are really interesting and so much history. I never knew that in New Mexico there was a town called Pie Town. Is that the real name or is that made up?


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