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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Cream Poultry Eggs: 1938

Cream Poultry Eggs: 1938

November 1938. "South Omaha, Nebraska." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Buildings that change

The cool thing about these buildings is that the houses (boarding?) in the rear were constructed first between 1880-1905, then the zero lot line commercial storefronts were probably constructed in the late 1920s - mid 1930s.

These kinds of "hybrids" are all over America on the edges of historic business districts. Some just have storefronts built in the front yard; some houses were lifted and the dirt excavated for a new lower story.

Early examples of adaptive reuse as well as buildings that show physical traces of the development history of neighborhoods. Love it!

Re: Cryptogram?

I think those are the letters "SO", not numbers. The others numbers would be the addresses of the store and the two houses behind it, perhaps? The "SO" could possibly designated "South."

[As noted below, 5037-39-41 are the building's three street addresses: 5037, 5039 and 5041 24th Street. - Dave]

Super Thrift

The building now houses St. Vincent DePaul Super Thrift Store at 5037 South 24th Street in Omaha.


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Package Coal

I looked up Staley Feeds and found some interesting info. Tint-sax were feed sacks in various pastel colors with a higher quality cloth. The company became aware that farmers wives were dyeing the feed bags and using them to make clothing for the family. The colored sacks meant to appeal to the wives. As well, Staley Feeds introduced high-fructose corn syrup to us.

Baby Chicks

For pets or for eating. OK, it doesn't say that here, but one day while motoring along a Pennsylvania country road in my Healey 3000, I came upon a sign that read: "Baby rabbits. For pets or for eating." Just wanted to share that.

Cryptogram?

NSA Alert: strange sequence of numbers above door which contains "strange" for sale sign.

[5037, 5039, 5041 ... almost like an address of some sort! - Dave]

 
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