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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Skill Ball: 1939

Skill Ball: 1939

1939. "Night street scene in Butte, Montana." 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Hopperesque

It looks like a painting by Edward Hopper -- Nighthawks revisited!

Suggestion for next ShorpyTV

I think Ken should get cracking on a film noir.

Light the Night

Neon lighting is so effective. Understand it's making a comeback. Good.

Ladies Night

According to the book "Mining Cultures: Men, Women and Leisure in Butte, 1914-1941," skill ball was the sort of game a woman could play without risking her good name. No poker for these ladies!

Corner of Main and Granite

The arcade appears to have been repurposed, but overall the scene is still the same.


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